How much does a Robot Cost?
The old joke goes, "How much of my money will it take to built a robot?
All of it!" All kidding aside, this sport/hobby can be done on a wide
range of budgets. I've found competitive toy car chassis at Goodwill
for a dollar. Add a few dollars for materials and you are good to go.
Some people really like the toy modification route but most of us get tired
of that pretty quickly. If you want to build something to match our
vision, it'll cost a bit more. Overall this hobby isn't cheap, but it
doesn't need to be any more expensive than other RC hobbies.
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The components of a robot are fairly constant regardless of its weight.
You'll need a radio transmitter and receiver to control it, batteries to
power it, an electronic speed controller to send controlled electrical
pulses to the motors, drive motors and wheels, and some materials for
the chassis. Also a lot of money can be put into a weapon.
As expected, the larger the bot the more expensive each component
Ant (1 pound) and Beetle (3 pounds) weight robots cost about
the same to build. They can range from less than $20.00 to more
See some Antweight examples
Hobbyweight (12 pound) robots cost a bit more. You can
actually spend less on some parts, like using cheap cordless drill
motors for the drive, but the price of the rest of the components goes
up. These robots can cost from $150 to more than $500.00 to build.
See some Hobbyweight examples
Featherweight (30 pound) and bigger
At 30 pounds the typical costs for the robot can head up dramatically.
The motors and electronics required to drive and power the weapons at
these weight classes typically go beyond what you can get at a regular
RC hobby shop. I spent a little over $1000.00 on my first 60 pound
robot, but typically you'll spend more than that.
See some examples of larger robots