We’re used to projects that take everyday household objects and modify or enhance them into new and exciting forms that their original designers never intended. A particular theme in this endeavour comes from the IKEA hacking community, who take the products of the Swedish furniture store and use them for the basis of their work.
A particularly inventive piece of IKEA hacking is a project from [anastas.car], a low-cost 3D-printed robot arm based on Ikea Tertial lamp. The lamp in question is a relatively inexpensive spring-balanced desk lamp that when looked at in another light has all the metalwork ready-cut for a 5 degrees of freedom robot arm when combined with 3D-printed servo holders for five servos at its joints. The resulting design has all files available on Thingiverse, and judging by the video we’ve posted below the break makes for a rather effective arm.
A quick search reveals IKEA hacks to be a regular feature here, we’ve brought you more than a few. Just a selection are an IKEA desk laser cutter from Craigslist finds, an IKEA table that has been used as the frame for a 3D printer, and a rather pretty IKEA lamp hack. The IKEA hacking community are a resourceful bunch, and we look forward to more of their creations.