HexDrake — A Low Cost 2-DOF Hexapod

hexdrake low cost hexapod

[David's] been making robots since he was 16. After conquering the basics, he wanted to build something a bit more interesting than a simple wheeled-robot — he wanted to buy a hexapod but they were too expensive — so he decided to design his own low-cost version!

It’s made out of hand-cut wood, SG90 servos, an Arduino and a 16-channel servo controller. A 2.4GHz remote control sends commands to the Arduino which then communicates to the USC servo controller, allowing for intricate control of the 14 servos that make up the HexDrake.

He’s also added a few LED arrays for the eyes of his robot, which in the future will be animated to give expression to his little hexapod.

It’s an extremely well built little bot, and [David's] made a very in-depth Instructable for anyone who would like to follow in his footsteps. Stick around after the break to see it scurry around!

For something a bit scarier and bigger, check out this 16lb beast of a Hexapod! No where near low-cost though…

Comments

  1. Just awesome :)

  2. TechnoMan says:

    Well done. that’s a tricky design. They eyes step it up.

    great work

  3. Ayush says:

    Creepy awesome

  4. Lovely!

    But I thought ‘degrees of freedom’ were abbreviated as ‘df.’ So the way I understand it, the headline should read “2df” instead of “2-DOF”

  5. Makes me miss SG1 series.

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