Even the treads are printed!!!
You can download the model here: www.thingiverse.com/thing:15528
Inspired in that and in this tickle robot…
…here is another idea for the babelbots:
We are giving Sketchup a try, as it is free and will work on Mey’s OSX and my Lunix (via wine and some tweaking).
We called one of the robot models/alternatives in process of development “Moonwalker III”, as it will use bristles on its legs to slide like Michael’s famous movement.
This is an animation of the basic model with Sketchyphysics simulation:
Mey and I are considering several software alternatives that allow us to make the prototypes and send them to be 3D printed.
The ideal would be that we could use the same software on our different platforms. Mey is using OSX and I’m using Ubuntu GNU/Linux.
So far my favorite choice is FreeCAD, for several reasons. One, of course, is because it is free, with no restrictions or paid extra features. Another one is because I got used to SolidWorks at the University, and FreeCAD learning curve is less steep for me than, for example, OpenSCAD.