Mocking up the full size leg!
Well, first things first. Thank you SO MUCH to everyone today - we had no idea what the reaction to our project would be, but getting 17% funded within 12 hours is easily beyond anything we were expecting. Holy cow.
But now, to the design of giant robots!
Our waterjet shop (Excell Solutions, out of Billerica) delivered our waterjet pieces a couple of days before we expected them. We couldn't resist putting them together to get a sense of scale...
From left to right - the circle on the left is Stompy's footpad. Because area scales exponentially with diameter, that size foot produces a pressure on the ground almost identical to that of a human foot (even though Stompy weighs 4,000 pounds...), meaning we can walk anywhere a human can walk without damaging the terrain. Next up is the compliant link - that's the part that will move up and down with respect to the knee link, by means of the giant shock absorber you see on the table. This is meant to absorb the tremendous load of suddenly hitting the ground. The knee link is connected to the thigh link (the bridge looking thing), and the thigh link is connected to the giant yaw link at the right end of the table.
All the links are made out of sheets of CORTEN steel, which is designed for outdoor use without painting. We'll be putting up a blog post soon about leg design philosophy, once we get a little bit more hardware in.
This weekend we'll all be brushing up on our MIG welding, so that next week we can weld these together and mount this monster of a prototype leg to a structural column. Keep an eye out for action shots and videos in the next couple of days!
Once again, thank you all once more for your support today - you have no idea how happy and excited you've made the whole team. If you want to stay in frequent touch with us, I suggest liking us on Facebook - that'll also help spread the word so we make sure this project actually happens. In addition, if any of you have contacts with with media outlets/robot blogs/etc, please send them our way!
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Aug 3, 2012 - Sep 2, 2012 (30 days)
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The Project Hexapod team will take a field trip to the White Mountains, scale them, and shout your name from the top.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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10 characters of your choosing (and our approval) are welded onto the chassis of Stompy, and we'll send you a picture. On top of that, you get the signed picture, T-shirt, band, sticker, name on our website, and shouting.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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WILL IT STOMP?! You get to provide us with an inanimate, non-volatile object of your choice (and our approval) and Stompy will crush it mercilessly. We will then post a video of the crushing on YouTube and set it to techno or some such. You also get the cheesy picture, T-shirt, loyalty wristband, sticker, name on our website, and shouting-from-the-mountaintop.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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You gave us $300? Whoa. You, dear friend, get to ride Stompy on one of our demo days. We suggest dressing up in your finest clothes, because this is going to be a grand celebration! We'll also get you the thumbs-up picture, the T-shirt, the sticker, the wristband, your name on our website, and the shouting.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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Rides? Who needs rides. You certainly don't! You get to DRIVE Stompy on one of our demo days. We'll even throw in a training class beforehand! We strongly suggest a mad scientist look for the occasion - a good lab coat is almost required. You'll also get, of course, the cheesy photo, the Evolution T-shirt, the wristband, the sticker, your name on our website, and the shouting. Oh, the shouting.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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You're awesome. You know that? You're so awesome we're going to give you a chunk of our robot - no, you keep it. You earned it. At this level, we'll send you a signed thigh side plate that you can mount to your wall. We'll even give you a ride. We'll throw in the signed photo (which you could even hang by the thigh piece for context!), the T-shirt, the wristband, the sticker, your name on our website, and, of course, a shout-out. Except you know what? Your name will be shouted louder. That's right.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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Hang on... give us a moment... OK, we've collected ourselves. Congratulations! You've reached our sponsor level! You get an A4-sized logo on the robot's chassis - it'll be like NASCAR, only two orders of magnitude slower! We'll also throw in a ride, the picture, the shirt, the wristband, and the sticker. You'll be listed on our website as a sponsor instead of a supporter, and we'll be screaming your name from that mountain.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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Uh. Hang on. Give us a minute. You know what? For this amount of money, we'll fly you to Boston (lower 48 states only!), put you up in a hotel room, and take you out on field trips to run Stompy through local rubble piles, scrap yards, and the like. We'll even throw in a free ice cream from J.P. Lick's and a trip to Bartley's Burgers. We'll give you the picture, the T-shirt, the wristband, and the sticker. You'll be listed as a sponsor on our website, and we'll be shouting your name 'till we're hoarse. Please contact us directly at email@example.com to arrange the details of this level.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013