Monday, September 13, 2010

Free plans for a ramp-walking wooden rhino toy

Exclusive: The Automata / Automaton Blog is please to present this set of wooden toy plans!

Retired civil engineer, cartoonist, automata & toy maker Roberto Lou Ma (creator of the ramp-walking robot figure) has been so generous as to create and share this set of instructions on how to make a ramp-walking rhinoceros. The figure uses geometric figures and straight cuts, so it should be fairly easy for everyone to make.

Click on each of the images below for full-sized plans and patterns. Download these to your computer or print them directly from your browser window (being sure that they are at full size).

Step 1: Intro to the wooden rhino ramp walker toy

Step 2: Patterns for rhino ramp walker toy

Here are the rhino toy patterns in PDF format, which will allow you to print them out at full size.

Step 3: Assembly instructions for the rhino ramp walker

Step 4: Hinge and glue details for the ramp walker

Step 5: Making the ramp for the rhino to walk upon

Thanks to Roberto Lou Ma for the wonderful set of mechanical toy plans!

Check out more cool creations by Roberto Lou Ma on his YouTube channel.

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Anonymous Fabrice said...

This is great stuff !
Thanks a lot to Roberto and to you Dug.
Would be very interesting to see also how the robot is made.

September 14, 2010 at 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can watch Walking Rhino in action at

September 14, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traced components from download yield an excellent result, however figured dimensions are in many cases wrong to scale.

January 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Roberto said...

I am preparing a set of instructions for making the Walking Robot. I will send them to Dug as soon as I have them ready, just give me a little time.

February 5, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch this:

May 27, 2011 at 9:42 PM  
Anonymous pat said...

Thank you :)

September 26, 2011 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Tony said...

Thanks for the detailed instructions. I have always wondered how these things actually work.

May 1, 2013 at 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this toys!!! I have been looking all over to learn how to make them!!!
Thank you!!!

December 3, 2013 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My Rhino wont walk..tried everything inc ramp gradient etc. very accurately made..

December 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Do the feet have to be one complete sweep of 8 " radius or slightly swept in to the join....?

December 31, 2014 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Vicente Dolz said...

Gracias, Rlouma.
Acabo de construir un rinoceronte usando tus diseños, pero he usado cartón de una caja de cereales. Sería para mí un placer mostrártelo si me indicas como puedo enviarte las fotos y vídeo.

April 8, 2018 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Gracias por compartir tus juguetes caminantes son divertidos y geniaIes.

October 8, 2018 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger ec3ur said...

Quiero hacer un caminante cómo un humano. Alguien tiene un planito de las piernas solamente! Gracias...

October 14, 2019 at 3:56 PM  

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