Sho Yoshida has been exploring an Accessory>Shell>Core>Motor (MCSA) modular construction scheme for Shellmo that keeps the system open and hackable to encourage robot lovers to make highly individual Shellmo robots, taking advantage of 3D printing to free their imagination for mechanical elements as well as outer facing and accessories.
Erin had this to say about Shellmo: “This robot is amazingly well-crafted. It is a work of art! The eyes move using muscle wire, since there was no room for a servo. Detail of the red heart inside (did you see it?) is a great touch. The drive train mechanism… so mesmerizing! Hope Shellmo will be at a Maker Faire this year! Very cool!”
Shellmo is an “open robot platform” for enjoying making, by creating a creature like robot with ease.
“Hi. My name is Shellmo. I’m good at crawling on the desk. Nice to meet you !”
Almost all the parts to form the “body” of Shellmo can be made by using 3D printer.
…At the time being, the most infallible method for manufacturing the “body” of Shellmo is using such 3D printing service as Shapeways. However, I felt that this method alone would not be sufficient to enable more people to use Shellmo with ease. I am now engaged in the project to make Shellmo with a desktop 3D printer. By making it possible to make Shellmo at home, the speed of development will be improved substantially, thereby the cost of manufacturing the parts will be kept under 1/10 of the current cost….