Here’s a little project that didn’t work out quite the I had hoped. I decided to try my hand at soldering together a custom circuit on a prototype board for controlling a 2WD robot. My hope was that I could make a smaller board that would do just those things I needed for the $1.00 Robot. Did I mention that I picked up a soldering iron for the first time ever just three weeks ago? It turns out that laying out a board and soldering it is a skill I don’t have yet.
If a well-designed board with quality soldering is a work of art, then this is the equivalent of a finger-painting hanging on the refrigerator. I made so many mistakes when I was doing this that I’m surprised it worked at all. But it did work. For a while. Kinda sorta. The vehicle was slow and once it heated up, the right motor stopped working. I guess there is a bad solder joint in there. Fortunately, I have a store-bought motor-shield that I can use in its place. But I got some invaluable experience at soldering and hopefully my next effort will turn out a little better.