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If you have access to a basic 3D printer, around $US800 in spare cash and like fooling around with Arduino, why not make a robot? We're not tilting at windmills here, because designs for the body parts are available thanks to an open source project from French sculptor Gael Langevin. His year-long project, which he calls InMoov …

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Whoa...OK that is cool.

I can't lie, this is really fucking cool! I never thought about printing out a robot.

BTW, how perverse can this become! Programmed to kill, or love you long time.

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Re: Whoa...OK that is cool.

"love you long time"

You could even print whatever parts you fancy for it. In uncommon combinations, if you so desire.

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You can even get flexible rubbery printing filament...

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The hands are really quite nice!

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3D Printers

This is actually the first project that I have seen that makes me want to have a 3d printer "now".....

Obviously the Electronics and the "Power Source " are the main setback here but this looks like a lot of fun.

Robots printing Robots - Scary stuff....

I hope that all of the electronics have Asimov's 3 laws hard coded into a non replaceable and indespensabel ROM.....

<<< This is what IT is all about .....

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There are several other similar projects. Easton Lachappelle and I are developing a robot arm, that can be controlled wirelessly by a glove. There's also another pair creating 3D prosthetics, for those who've lost/not developed fingers. There are a few others, on thingiverse, and elsewhere.

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Nice!

Maybe I should get some students to build one.

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This is cool - BUT

The video outtakes show the robot demanding your clothes, boots and shades.

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A spare $800?!?!

Always wanted a robot? Well....

Get a cheap remote controlled car - you know, one of those £20 jobbies you see in "gadget" shops

Snip the wires for the steering and drive motors

Hook those motors up to an h-bridge (or multiple h-bridges)

Get a cheap ultrasonic sensor (literally a few quid on ebay)

Hook the whole thing up to a cheap Picaxe microcontroller

Total cost? Around £60-£70. If your motors are sufficiently low power, you might even be able to skip the h-bridges altogether.

See <a href="http://blog.makezine.com/2011/09/22/how-to-drifting-robot-car-video/">here</a> for an example (indeed the video that inspired this post).

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Materials

Well, it does look a bit fragile, but I suppose that's expected from a prototype. I wonder what's the best type of material the current generation of 3D printers can print.

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Titanium.

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I believe you meant to say "hyper-alloy combat chassis".

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You said "All is full of love."

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but...

can you f*ck it? :)

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