Last month we reported a story about a 3D printer that was capable of creating beautiful drawings. Well, there is a new drawing robot, which you can 3D print yourself. Randy from design studio Instructable created a robot with four pencils functioning as legs and it can actually walk. What makes his robot even more interesting is the fact that it was fully 3D printed. The fun thing about this project is that it’s fully open-source, meaning you can try it at home. Via this page you can find out what materials you’ll need and how to create a robot like this.
Randy, who is the owner of design studio Instructable, has been designing robots for quite some years. He published the books 62 Projects to Make with a Dead Computer and Simple Bots, which are about that particular subject. In addition, he is the creator of hundreds of Instructable designs. For this project, he wanted to use his skills and try his luck with 3D printing. The result? A little robot that walks on four pencil legs.
He chose to go for 3D printing because of the many possibilities this technology offers. For instance, it took him only 48 hours to print this robot. He has never been able to do something like this before. And it can draw. If you sharpen the pencils, this robot can create an actual drawing. We wouldn’t say its results are as good as the 3D printer mentioned at the start of the article, but it can draw and well, isn’t that what it’s all about? Cool, right?
Andy from Instructable said the following about his project:
The nice thing about 3D printing is that it makes building robots easy. You can design whatever configuration of parts that you can dream up and have them in your hand virtually right away. This allows for rapid prototyping and experimentation. This particular 3D printed robot is an example of that.
It case you want to make something like this yourself, just visit the link provided by Instructable and take all required steps. There are 15 in total, so it might take a little while. Nevertheless, it won’t take you longer than 48 hours, including printing time.