Friday, September 03, 2010

Wooden ramp walking robot toy - free plans!

UPDATE: The Automata / Automaton Blog is pleased to be the exclusive source for free plans for making your own ramp walking robot. Enjoy!

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I've seen ramp walking toys of similar design before, but the robot figure created by Roberto LouMa seems particularly appropriate!

Here is a frightfully/delightfully technical look at the principles behind such toys: An Uncontrolled Walking Toy That Cannot Stand Still. Here is a more easily digestible summary of the ramp-walking tinker toy (a product of Cornell University).

Despite the academic research and how common such toys are, it is surprisingly hard to find plans that show how to make a ramp walker. I have heard that there are detailed plans for a lathe-turned penguin ramp walking toy in the book 52 Weekend Woodworking Projects by John A. Nelson. I don't have the book, though, so I am not certain of this. Does anyone out there know if there are plans for a ramp walker in this (or some other) book?


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2 Comments:

Anonymous Julia said...

Neat! I want one of those and an Escher-style neverending ramp.

September 3, 2010 at 1:57 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...

I should point out that the book Walking Automata: A Collection of Self-Moving Models to Cut Out and Make looks like it is focused on plans for paper ramp walkers.

September 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

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