May 30, 2014

Alex Maund, a 17 year old boy from the UK who just started 3d modelling and printing around 2 years ago, has created a super cool 3D printed walking robot.

Alex used AutoDesk Inventor to model this design and it was then printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer which he won late last year with a contest on instrucatables. The total printing time was about 6 hours at 0.2mm layer height and the design was printed in 10 different parts.

Inside the cylinder is a geared motor powered by a couple of watch batteries which drives a lead weight around the inside perimeter of the cylinder causing the cylinder to roll. But Alex says he would like to make it solar powered in the future.

Alex has a small shop on Shapeways where you can find various 3D printed cool gadgets, iPhone cases, ornaments, puzzle boxes etc.

Check out the video below the autonomous walking robot in action:

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Jonathan Kim wrote at 6/11/2014 12:19:35 AM:


Nick Lancaster wrote at 5/31/2014 4:18:09 AM:

Neet! Not a robot, there is nothing there but a motor continuously spinning. My personal definition requires something to sense its envoiroment and cause a reaction. Like a Roomba bump sensor causes the robot to stop and change its direction before continuing.

Odolyte wrote at 5/30/2014 6:42:39 PM:

Event if this is very cool, it's not a robot at all. It's not even an automaton. It's a very cool and fun mobile, but not a robot. Robot by definition means detectors, data processing, motors & actuators control. This has nothing of this, but it's really cool !

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