Check out Spidey, an open source legged robot (and robot platform) designed in OpenSCAD with printed parts that can be completed in about 12hrs of print time, and additional dedicated electronics and hardware that you can purchase from Robotis and other sources. Via 3ders.org.
This is intended to be a standard platform for hobbyists, research and education. You can easily change any part of its 3D design, like setting new dimensions, number of legs or adding new parts, but also its electronics, adding new sensors or actuators, and, of course, its software, creating new behaviours, gaits or any intelligence you can think of!
Making the robot yourself is quite easy, it requires to order some parts, mainly from Robotis.
The original Spidey contains 12 XL-320 actuators, which is the main component of the price. You’ll also have to buy its controller, the OpenCM9.04 (type B), and a battery. You’ll also have to print some 3D parts. On our printers, we can build a Spidey in about 12 hours of print time….
…The parts were designed using OpenSCAD, a free and open-source tool. The source code of the parts is flexible and parametric, you can change the number of legs, the size of the robot etc.
You can customize your robot really quickly, by editing the scad files, re-generate the parts and then 3D-print it! …
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