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3d printed robot parrot

Postby piratebrian » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:29 am

Here is a robot that I printed using Sketchup.
Youtube link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... PAw_5zL6-A

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The parrot was printed on an Afinia 5x5x5" bed mostly out of ABS.
I traced some profile and front view pictures of parrots. The 3d warehouse had some, but none that I liked. I was attempting to go along the methods used in that great Youtube video: Artisan SketchUp Tutorial: Part 1 I ended up not doing any of that and just started to play with the triangle meshes. Does anyone know what the Plugin is that allows you to grab onto a vertex?
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Using the zero thin surface triangular shells I placed downloaded servos from the 3d warehouse, modified to my servo dimensions. I placed the servos inside the shape where I thought it needed pivots and where the essential actuation needs to be to match those goofy goofy birds. For the insides, the 3d printed parts just needed to either hold a servo, or mount onto the servo's arm. So designing parts to jump from servo to the next was fairly easy once the servo positions seemed right.
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Three plugins that were essential was the .STL export, Fredo's Junction push-pull, and TIG's Smart Offset plugin. After the thin membrane triangulated shape was good and adjusted to fit all the servos even when they move. I used the Junction Push Pull plugin to turn that thin triangulated framework into a thickened shell so there was something of thickness to actually print. In areas where I wanted a triangular open frame look, I used the Tig-smart-offset tool before Junction push-pull tool. That is how I got the open-frame skin look. I had a some lengths of 1/16" brass wire and a selection of both 6-32 screws and 2-56 nuts and bolts to solve problems that glue alone could not fix. To get the 6-32 screws to both act as free moving pivots and tight screw-down connections I printed out a trial and error template with multiple different sized holes to see which one corresponded to a 6-32 screw free fit and a self-threading hole with my preferred printer layer thickness settings.
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The selected diameter circles were then used throughout the assembly via auto component updating. Each of the 15 parts used these components for nearly all the assembly methods. Overall the project took one month of free time including the Sketchup tasks, servo install, and adjusting the Arduiono code for the new body.

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Re: 3d printed robot parrot

Postby pbacot » Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:44 am

That's an incredible bit of work. Looks cool too. Ingenious!
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Re: 3d printed robot parrot

Postby d12dozr » Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:34 am

Fantastic project, Brian! The movements of the parrot look pretty darn natural.

piratebrian wrote:Does anyone know what the Plugin is that allows you to grab onto a vertex?

The move tool will let you manipulate an individual vertex - or are you thinking of Vertex Tools?

I like your trial-and-error template for screw holes. One tip that may help would be using fewer sides on your small circles for screw holes. 6 sides would be plenty, and will even print more accurately to the intended size.

Thanks for sharing here!
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Re: 3d printed robot parrot

Postby dukejazz » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:40 am

Hey
Brian Matthews

Fantastic project: 3d printed robot parrot SketchUcation
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: and 1/2 thums

It's reminds me of Tiki Room parrot "Pedro"

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsFuZig ... detailpage

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Re: 3d printed robot parrot

Postby NezhDesheriyev » Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:15 am

Robotics and 3D printing continue to converge on many different levels. Whether it is the robotic movements of 3D printers themselves, or the creation of better robotics through the use of 3D printing for complete customization, the technologies definitely have a magnificent future together. We have seen numerous robots created through the use of 3D printing, which has allowed for their total customization, while at the same time saving hundreds or even thousands of dollars in machine and injection molding costs.
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