Chuck Fletcher had a mostly finished PLA-only InMoov humanoid robot at the Faire this year that was a huge delight for me, because I have been following the InMoov project for some time now. Very few, if any, have attempted to create PLA InMoov robots (the project creator, Gael Langevin, thought it wouldn’t work) but Fletcher created a set of procedures for reprinting at higher infill any parts that failed, which kept the device as light and nimble as possible. (The interior and drive parts are mostly solid while the outer facing are very light indeed.)
Check out this sneak preview about Fletcher’s booth from MAKE:
If you’re attending World Maker Faire in New York next month, be sure to see the progress Chuck Fletcher has made on his InMoov robot, an open source humanoid robot that anyone can print and motorize.
I will be brining a fully articulated and animated 3D printed humanoid animatronic robot. The build is based on the open source InMoov project by Gael Langevin. This is an amazing project with hundreds of parts and a growing community of makers adding freatures like eye tracking, hand and finger control using the Kinect and LeapMotion devices. The build is underway, and will be complete in time for World Maker Faire. I believe there have been InMoov bots partially assembled at other Maker Faires, but this robot will be a complete upper body build.
See Gael’s Thingiverse page for part downloads as well as other peoples’ spinoffs and derivatives.
One of the intriguing aspects of this project are the possibilities of using the robotic hands and feet as prostheses.
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