Get your own 3D printed walking robot
Have you ever dreamed of a 3D printed fully functional walking robot? If yes, then you might be interested in this wonderful robot, whose parts are all 3D printed. They were created by the user of Instructables schu51.
Its inside mechanics and futuristic outside are created with Solidworks software. You can print such a robot on different machines. You may find all its parts in Solidworks STL file. Before assembling they have to be printed separately. Finally you will get a fancy-looking robot that can walk making bi-pedal movements. It is so carefully designed that the robot’s arms move side-by-side with its body when it moves.
It should be easy for everyone who has ever used a 3D printer to create such a robot of about 20 inches tall. However there are some more detailed steps. If that frightens you, schu51 suggests scaling all the samples to 1/3 scale. Such an option can be seen in Solidworks STL file, which has templates for each separate part. If you scale down the proportions, you will get the robot of about 8 inches tall that, as sch51 promises, will remain totally functional.
There are two things to which the author pays your attention in his guide. First of all, you should make sure that the mechanics work properly before you glue the details and get it to work. And last but not least, don’t forget about 150 grit sandpaper to rub the surface of some details; that will let the primer stick to some parts better. Then the inventor recommends covering the materials with plastic welding infusion with a brush. If you follow this advice, your robot will be more long-lasting.
If you are looking for new ways of using your consumer 3D printer, this 3D project is relatively easy to fulfill. Schu51 decided to make his robot of orange color. Surely this is not the only possible coloring of a robot.