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Aluminalis In Motion

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Aluminalis is a 16-legged walking robot that we are designing and building out of custom aluminum linkages and crankshafts. We will provide much more detail about the design, name, and behavior of this little creature as we go along, but for now, here are some very rough pictures and a short video of our work so far. Let us know what you think.
Should we keep going? 🙂 Leave a comment below.

Aluminalis begins to take shape

A little bit of Aluminalis begins to take shape

Work in progress on the bench

Work in progress on the bench

Aluminalis linkages from the back side

Aluminalis linkages from the back side

Two legs of sixteen to come

2 legs of 16 to come

Top of two leg section

Top of a 2-leg section

Top View showing the 8 legs of one side, plus the thorax in the middle.

Top view showing the 8 legs on one side, plus the thorax in the middle.

Side View

End view showing the drive gears and 8 legs

Front view of one Side

Front view of one side

Close Up of the Linkages

Close up of the linkages and the central crank shaft

Click here to see the individual linkages as we were working on them.

Comments (1)

  1. Richard McDermott
    December 18th, 2013

    Greeting Robotsters,

    My first impression is that the whole contraption looks big and bulky for its own weight and the maximum potentail forces involved.

    You did not make it clear to the reader what the intended use of the device is.

    Also, there looks like a lot of joints – and with joints you get parasitic losses from friction. What happens to the device if one of the joints goes “dry” and effectively siezes. Does it still move?

    I bet this was fun to conceive and build though. Keep it up and Merry Christmas

    Fron your fan club in Michigan.

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