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Depending on the users experience, a 3D printer and Arduino or a Raspberry pi plus some servos, lights, and other motors may be all you need.

I recommend a quality printer like the Prusa i3 MK3: https://shop.prusa3d.com/en/3d-printers/180-original-prusa-i...

You can build things like this with it: https://youtu.be/f5JPLIyKOfE

Second this advice, along with laser-cutting if you have access to a shared workspace with one in your area; take a look, you might be surprised.

Electronics had may as well be lego bricks, these days. If you want to make a robot, you can mostly plug together cheap pre-built modules on breadboards. Outfits like Pololu have great options for things like small-scale motor control and DC/DC conversion, and tiny displays/sensors/etc are ubiquitous.

Thanks for your response! This is absolutely wonderful! Could you provide some further links to example projects (eg, interesting open-source designs and/or source code)?

Hey thanks!

I’ve been pushing hard on new developments and need to spend more time documenting my projects. But I have some info on another robot here: https://hackaday.io/project/158458-rover-v2-four-wheel-drive...

There’s lots of cool robots on hackaday: https://hackaday.io/list/158174-thp-2018-semifinalists-open-...

I also recommend browsing http://reddit.com/r/3dprinting as there is a lot posted there. And check out http://reddit.com/r/RobotBuilding

I also run a website to discuss projects that have a social impact. That’s at http://reboot.love

There’s a lot of good stuff online!

I have to admit I wasn't aware of any of these fascinating and useful resources. Thanks a million once again!

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