Skill Builder: Hydraulics for Robots

Wooden hydraulic arm controlled with DIY linear actuators.

Hydraulic Robots Why would you want to use hydraulics on your robot? It was good enough for the car-sized fighting robots Mark Setrakian designed for Robot Combat League, the show he helped develop for the SyFy network. I’m not suggesting you build a giant robot (although that’d be pretty cool),... Read more »

Fun with Flexible 3D Printing Filaments

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In the past few years, a flurry of new materials has hit the desktop 3D-printing market, enabling makers to do much more with their machines. Flexible materials are a popular option, enabling stretchy, bendy, and rubber-like creations. As with all filaments, there are many different manufacturers and variations. Here’s what... Read more »

Stick It From the Start

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The single greatest reason for print failures is a first layer that either wasn’t laid down well or didn’t stick to the platform. Here are the top tips from the Make: 3DP Test Team for getting that great first layer and making sure the print stays put. Read more »