Mobile robot does CNC


By way of Hack A Day comes this hexapod robot that does CNC fabrication.

Only recently has [Matt] started playing with CNC. First, he did a pen plotter proof of concept. Now The bot can mill 3D surfaces in polystyrene. It’s still a little coarse and will probably always be a bit imprecise since it’s not bolted down. He’s also still planning to convert it from standard 1/8inch bits to 3mm router bits.

Hit the link above to see what the bot is working away on.

Hexapod Robot CNC router

8 thoughts on “Mobile robot does CNC

  1. Fab says:

    if you wanted a title that makes sense you should probably write ‘mobile robot does CNC machining’….

    Great robot though

  2. dummy buddy says:

    i know how annoyingly complex it sounds, especially with adjusting the routers, but i think a multi-bit rotating router head for more precise machining sounds like the next step. also, some type of suction system on each foot for stability?

  3. Anonymous says:

    to nitpick: i think you mean coarse not course

    ‘bot is awesome, i’d love to use a similar setup for graffiti-esque projects

  4. Ken says:

    I’m imagining a hexapod bot with high friction feet that would climb a wall and route gargoyle faces into a building facade. Or maybe high relief grafitti?

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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