phoenblk“A hexapod robot is a mechanical vehicle that walks on six legs. Since a robot can be statically stable on three or more legs, a hexapod robot has a great deal of flexibility in how it can move. If legs become disabled, the robot may still be able to walk.”

Last year I was watching a video called “Inside Adam Savage’s Cave: Awesome Robot Spider”, and was amazed at the robot spider.The way it moved, the looks and controls were amazing.

I figured it would not be too hard to build something similar. Maybe not as “Spidery” looking, but to have the same kind of control and movements with a DIY robot. After further investigation I came across these wonderful hexapod robots. I decided I wanted to build one myself.

You can buy them as complete robots. But they tend to be pretty expensive, and since I wanted to hack and play with the robot without having the fear of breaking it, I decided for a cheaper DIY solution.

There went some research in to the parts I need for the robot. The electronics and the brain as you might call it needed the most research. The next decision was if I wanted to fabricate the frame and legs myself or do I want to buy a complete frame for it. I have gone for a prefab frame so I can learn from it before designing my own frame and legs. I also went for some cheaper servos as I need 3 servos per leg. That’s 18 servo’s in total for the all the legs on the hexapod.

In this section I will start posting my progress and my decisions on the robot.

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Smokey, the Hexapod Preview

May 7th, 2015|Comments Off on Smokey, the Hexapod Preview

A few nights ago I was asked to put a showcase of my Robot on a robotforum.
I did not yet have anything to really publish although my Hexapod was running.
A short movie was made to […]

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Hexapod hardware and Servos arrived.

April 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Hexapod hardware and Servos arrived.

This weekend I received more hardware and electronics for my hexapod.
The aluminum frame arrived and the 20 servos. 18 of those servos were designated for the hexapod.
The first thing I did was test and center […]

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The brains – Test Setup

April 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on The brains – Test Setup

Progress update on the hexapod brain.
The Botboarduino is connected to the SSC-32U Servo controller using a Serial connection.
A PS2 controller is connected to the Botboarduino using a leveler. The leveler is needed to change the […]

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Bill of material

April 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Bill of material