Gear Art vs RoboBrrd Banana Transporter

Check out this cool gear artwork piece that we made — or as the RoboBrrds called it, a magical banana transporter!

Watch the video for the entire story:

How this project came about was we wanted to create something for our backers on Patreon. Our first ideas were rather inanimate. We needed something that could move and look interesting. The gear art is the result of this thought.

The .stl files are available for you to download and print one yourself. You can find it on our Open Source Hardware page.

We also captured some ‘making-of’ timelapse footage and compiled it into a video:

One of the aspects of the design that surprised us was that we couldn’t find a formula for aligning the gears via experimentation. All of them required a ‘fudge factor’ in either their positioning or diameter. We got around this by just focussing on making each gear mesh with the one previous, and then finally working on the final gear.

Here are some of our favourite photos of the project:

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We are experimenting with story-telling with our robots. We want there to be an entire world of these robots, where they are always plotting, building, and generally goofing around. Hopefully it makes the video more interesting and enjoyable overall.

One of the areas that could improve would be the speech bubbles. If they are added later in the video editing process, we could focus on animating the robots rather than moving the bubbles in and out. We have to learn different video editing software for this, it might take a bit of time.

It’s fun to get lost in Planet Zimpopodu with the robots. Let us know what you think!

If you want to see more projects like this, as well as behind-the-scenes sneak peek previews, consider backing us on Patreon.

Thanks for watching and sharing our new video. We’re already excited for the next ones! 🙂

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Introducing Buddy 4000



Buddy 4000 is a classy robot chassis designed to express robot emotions with an artistic flair. 😉

See it in action in this video!



Buddy 4000 is available NOW in the RoboBrrd Store! Special introductory sale, $5 off!

It is everything you are looking for in a robot chassis that looks like a classic robot. Perfect as a chassis for a small project, or just a robotic statue.

Documentation

There is documentation available for building the robot, example electronics, and programming. Check out the main page for Buddy 4000 to see them all.

Open Source Hardware

Yes, Buddy 4000 is OSHW! You can view the .stl’s in our 3D viewer mode, and download an archive of all the files. Hopefully this will let everyone be able to make their own Buddy 4000 (or even a derivative of it). Send pics if you do! Go check it out.

Name Your Price

There is a special ‘name your price’ feature on the Buddy 4000 store page. The extra money is going towards our robotics fund / Maker Faire NY travel fund! We really appreciate your help, and hope to see you at Maker Faire NY!

Inspiration

Buddy 4000 was created to look like a modern version of the old ‘tin toy’ robots. We put much effort into the design of the ‘bot, so hopefully it meets this goal. It took a while to finish this off, especially with all the documentation. Enjoy it! If it makes someone smile, it has been worth it.

Thanks to all the twitter people for following this project over the course of developing it. It’s been fun, and the replies were always interesting to read!

Now go get your Buddy 4000 here, or make your own here!

RoboBrrd Bubble Front Face

Let your RoboBrrd celebrate April showers in style with the Bubble Front Face!

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There is a new front face for your RoboBrrd in the store!

This is a 3D printed artistic front face that you can add on to your RoboBrrd. It fits with both the laser cut and 3DP versions of RoboBrrd. Simply replace the existing front face with this one, and let the other RoboBrrds be astonished with the beauty of it!

This front face was fun to design and printed out very nicely. The other RoboBrrds think it is cool too!

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Read more about it in the store