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Scorpion Hexapod has a sting in its tail

by • March 3, 2016 • No Comments

Students of Ghent University in Belgium have created a six-legged floor crawler which is definitely certain to leave its mark on those it comes into contact with. The Scorpion Hexapod, which wouldn’t appear too out of place in the robotic menagerie of German automation innovation company Festo, fires its stinger at the hand of anyone covering its eyes, leaving a red mark as a reminder of the encounter.

  • Those moving claws appear dangerous, but won't leave a mark on victims like the stinger
  • The shell, claws, leg ends and tail stinger are created of thermoformed polystyrene
  • The modules which manufacture up the legs and tail were 3D-printed
  • The robot has been programmed with numerous moves and a few auto responses to interactions

The Master Year project create brief of students Stephan Flamand, Robbe Terryn and Pieterjan Deconinck was to recreate a robotic ant created as the mascot for the university’s Industrial Design Center in 2011/2012. The team synonymous a number of problems with the Stigmergic ant, which include motors which were swift to burn out, batteries which didn’t last long and a lack of autonomy. Improvements were discussed, but by the end of October last year, the decision was created to alter way slightly, and aim to create a “rubber stamping” scorpion instead.

Electronics of the original ant-bot were, for the many part, re-utilized for the scorpion robot, yet an Arduino Nano replaced a Mega board and a additional powerful battery pack selected. The modules which manufacture up the legs and tail were 3D-printed, the two sheet ABS body was lasercut, and the shell, claws, leg ends and tail stinger created of thermoformed polystyrene. A marker pen was utilized to leave a stamp on the scorpion’s victims.

The robot has been programmed with numerous moves and a few auto responses to interactions, yet live control via a desktop is in addition possible. A long range IR sensor and three short range sensors positioned in the upper shell are utilized to detect user proximity and there’s a front-facing camera.

As you can see in the video at a lower place, the Scorpion Hexapod moves in a much like way to the real thing and stabs anyone who dares to get too close. The bot can now be utilized to promote courses at the Industrial Design Center.

Sources: Stephan Flamand, Robbe Terryn and Pieterjan Deconinck

  • The Scorpion Hexabot has an Arduino Nano brain
  • The Scorpion Hexabot moves better on carpet than smooth floor
  • Ready to strike, the Scorpion Hexapod moves in a much like way to the real thing and stabs anyone who dares to get too close
  • Build photo showing the lasercut ABs body, 3D-printed leg and tail modules and thermoformed polystyrene feet and claws

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