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I love this spider-like walking mechanism, spotted on the MAKE Flickr pool. Here are some of the deets:

The walking action uses the Klann linkage, specifically, configuration E006. The motors are Solarbotics GM17, from Technobots, which will generate a decent torque from 5v upwards, and a nice scurry at 12v. Pivot bolts are all M3x10 and x14 button head allens (MF-BH34S et al) & nylocs (MF-NN03S), from Plus a 44mm bit of M3 studding. The gears are held onto the shafts with No.2 (2.2mm) by 6.4mm and 9.5mm self-tappers (MF-ST09). Motor mounts are M2.5×20. Gears are mod 1.5, 30mm pitch circle, 14.5 degree pressure angle. They’re designed with CamBam’s cog tool and cut from 6mm acetal sheet. Acetal is from The sheet thickness is a bit variable, so if you use our CamBam files make sure you adjust the cut depths for the sheet you have. This project was inspired by this cute little thing.


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.



  1. theophrastus says:

    really a bit more crab-like, no? or camel gait. very nice nonetheleastbitless

    1. Gareth Branwyn says:

      Yeah, true enough, altho this type of walking machine is frequently called a “spider walker” or “spiderbot,” altho I agree, it’s really more of a crab gate. And they never have eight legs.

      1. jarkman says:

        It really depends where the head goes, in my mind.

        This rig is only half the finished machine. I need two assemblies like this, one on each side, giving a roughly square footprint.

        If I put the head in between the two assemblies, looking in the direction of travel, it’s a spider.

        If I put the head on the side, looking across the direction of travel, it’s a crab.

  2. anachrocomputer says:

    There are some still photos of the robot leg mechanism that I took at Dorkbot Dristol, in my Flickr set:

    They also show one of the acrylic pieces “as cut” by Richard’s CNC milling machine.