This looks like fun. Nice project. University of Louisiana News has a decent interview with Dr. Terrence Chambers, and student Don Tamosaitis. The design draws on the work of Theo Jansen.
The crawler travels about 2-3 miles/hour. There were five of us working on it, there was a lot of 3D modeling of all the parts in SolidWorks, a CAD package. We tested our assembly in SolidWorks also. It’s a really useful software tool, because you can make the parts and assemble them, and then check for interference, do some finite element analysis to see if it can take the stress.
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Open source plans? Please?
Awesome! Plans please! (and maybe a tripod on the close-ups…)
Looks like Theo Janssen’s walker mechanism.
This reminds of the Luggage from Terry Pratchet’s Discworld.
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