Folding hexapod bodies

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At Berkeley, they’re coming up with new ways to make their itty bitty hexapods. These are basically tiny flatpacked bodies cut from cardboard. The end goal is to not only make them smaller and faster to build, but to reduce the friction in the joints.  You can download the files on their site as well as download movies of them in action.  For a larger and somewhat less complicated flatpacked robot, check out the flatpacked 2 motor walker.

[thanks  Thuli]


  1. mike says:

    Those are so cute!!!

  2. strider_mt2k says:

    -but you can’t get them wet.

  3. supershwa says:

    the itsy bitsy spider, crawled up the water spout

    down came the rain, and shorted the spider out

  4. googfan says:

    holy shit those are small

  5. I want to make one! So damn awesome

  6. strider_mt2k says:

    @ supershwa: Well done!

  7. pragma says:

    @strider_mt2k: There’s a fiberglass model on the same page – I’m sure that’s plenty waterproof.

  8. ApprenticeWizard says:

    The black one (according to the site) is carbon fiber. However, water destroying the cardboard is probably a secondary concern. At the scale these robots are running at, the surface tension of water droplets will probably gum up the works.

  9. JackSparrow says:

    Nice project!

    I upload the video to YT:

  10. JackSparrow says:

    Wah! I didn’t know that the youtube’s links are automatically embeded.

  11. johnnyjay says:

    it looks like a piece of a Replicator! Now if they could only self-assemble with adjacent units ..

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