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ModULO is ready for action… are you?

I have a notebook by my bedside… when ideas come, I reach over and scribble them down. Every once in a while, I wake up in the morning and marvel at the great ideas that come to me in the wee hours of the night. Most of the time, I find drawings that make no sense or incoherent sentences. This robot required a little deciphering, but turned out okay.

ModULO’s home is on Tinkercad, where you can modify him to your heart’s content. When you’re ready, export and print your parts, and let’s get to assembly!

 

And here is a Github repository with software and circuit diagrams.

https://github.com/rwinscot/ModULO

 


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Steps

Step #1: Design

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Spontaneous geometric deconstruction... break your idea down into basic geometric shapes.

Choose colors that match your personality.

Weak intersection points can be strengthened by adding a little bulk (third picture).

Step #2: Head

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Assemble your LED matrix and glue it into place.

Glue the antenna bits to the head with a little Beacon 3-in-1 glue.

Use a screw to secure the head to the neck.

Step #3: Shoulders

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Assembly for the shoulder is straight forward - two plastic pieces, a screw, and a nut; make it tight!

Elbows use rivets which are easy to construct out of scrap filament.

1/4 X 1/4 inch magnets in the wrist and 1/4 X 1/16 inch magnets in the hand.

Super glue will hold the magnets in place.

Step #4: Rivets

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Warm a small segment of filament with a torch or lighter and press against a clean and dry surface to round the end.

Rivets are used to secure the legs and arms.

You can even substitute rivets for most of the screws and nuts.

Step #5: Toes

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Glue all the body parts together with Beacons 3-in-1.

Attach the head to the body with neck clip.

And... add your footies!

Step #6: Heart

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Trinket is easy, awesome, and inexpensive to use.

All the electronics bundle-up and fit in the body - ready to take on those evil ninja monster ballerinas!

Rick Winscot

Rick Winscot

Has code in brain, soldering iron in hand, Art Blakey blaring in the background... transforms techno babble into reality and is strangely fond of the ellipsis.


  • JamesFloydKelly

    Would love to see video of this and the other robot (Cirko?)… thanks, Rick. These are great. One more question — are these designs available to the public on Tinkercad? Didn’t find Cirko there, but maybe saved under a different name?

    • http://quilix.com Rick Winscot

      I’m working on a couple videos. I’ll post them to YouTube and add links in the comments here. CIRKO .stl files are all in Github right now… I’m adding an upgrade – as soon as that’s ready, I’ll make the Tinkercad model public.

      Thanks for the feedback!

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  • JamesFloydKelly

    So many questions — what 3D Printer are you using? ABS or PLA?

    • http://quilix.com Rick Winscot

      RepRap Mendel … saving for a TAZ. I use PLA from Matterhackers.com – consistency in their product is exceptional and the price is nice!

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  • Toy Macro

    Thanks for
    the great project. Which service do you use to separate out the bit’s for printing? Seems when I downloaded it from Timkercad it’s all one piece.

    • http://quilix.com Rick Winscot

      There are so many 3D printers out there with different print dimensions… I typically just separate the parts by hand making a plate that is optimized for the printer. It takes a little time, but it gives you the best control / quality of your printed parts.

      In Tinkercad, delete all the parts except the one you want to print, export the .stl, then undo. Repeat these steps for all the parts you want to print.

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