I had an idea for a box looking robot, that would sit around, move it's big square head and move its arms based in learned behaviours. To do so, I need a good prototyping building material. I ended up deciding to use form board since I could play around with it more than 3D printed plastic parts. I could always model the final product once I have the design finalized and stick to foam board for the prototyping.
I once received some valuable advice from a wise friend that I didn't up end following about cutting wallpaper: use a sharp blade! Only after I replaced by x-acto knife blade did I realize the hours saved cutting form board to share using a good sharp edge. Write this one down if ever you end up using this building material.
I also chose to use basic servo pan/tilt modules from the robotshop.ca for the hard and arm movements. This gave my robot 6 degrees of freedom. With a usb webcam and future upgrades planned for the head, I ended up having to change the neck pan/tilt setup to use standard size servos instead of micro servos such as the ones used for the arms. It made a world of a difference.
He's a pic of the work in progress. This post will part of an ongoing series! Stay tuned friends.