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HOW TO – Make a pummer – Part robotic plant life, part techno-sculpture

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Part robotic plant life, part techno-sculpture, these desktop toys are easy and fun to make, the pummer! – and hey, it’s Friday so here’s a free article just for our blog readers from the pages of MAKE 08 – Toys and games.

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Here are a few key resources that will tell you what you need to know and point you where you need to go for more on pummers and parts. As always, our friends at Solarbotics are a recommended source for BEAM-related robotics. They have all the parts you need for building pummers. Solarbotics also sells a pummer kit, the HexPummer, and has free building instructions for “BEP Project 1: The Pummer,” a one-LED pummer using the circuit shown in this article.

  • Hobbyengineering also has many of the parts you need, including the 24mmx33mm solar cell and 1.0 Farad Aerogel “super caps” that can be used for power storage.
  • Solarbotics.net – This BEAM community portal has lots of info on pummers in the Library and Circuits sections, as well as pics of builders pummers in the Gallery and on individual builders’ sites.
  • BEAM Discussion Group – A great place to ask technical questions of fellow BEAMers.
  • See more of Zach DeBord’s gorgeous BEAM creations on his home page.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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