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A low cost, open source, wireless, 3D printed, Scratch programmable Hexapod Robot designed for games, education, and FUN!
A low cost, open source, wireless, 3D printed, Scratch programmable Hexapod Robot designed for games, education, and FUN!
224 backers pledged $38,355 to help bring this project to life.

Early Bird Basic Kits Ship Date Set!

Posted by Steve Pendergrast (Creator)

Hello Backers and Potential Backers,

Great news! Our electronic circuitry is now officially finalized for release 1! This means we can now set a date for shipment of our Basic Kits (which contain everything other than the 3D printed parts).  

Drum roll ... we will be shipping all Early Bird Basic Kits starting October 20, just three days after our campaign ends.  This is weeks earlier than our prior "November" commitment date! We are already putting together kits of parts so we can hit the ground running the moment the campaign ends.

We will have updates on our Full Kit and Fully Assembled packages very soon. We are definitely on schedule for those products and hope to beat those dates as well for Early Bird orders.

Thanks again to all our backers, you are helping make this great project a reality.

You can help us reach our goal more quickly by sharing news about our project to your Facebook, Twitter, and other social accounts. If you are connected with a school STEM program, robot club or team, Maker space or Hackerspace, let them know that this is just about the coolest robot project around!

Thanks for your support!
Steve Pendergrast
Vorpal Robotics, LLC

Vorpal in Red, Blue, Yellow, and Purple (other color choices will also be available)
Vorpal in Red, Blue, Yellow, and Purple (other color choices will also be available)

 

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    1. Steve Pendergrast Creator on

      Hi Sean,

      The current draft STL files are posted now on thingiverse.com, just search for "Vorpal Hexapod" and they will pop right up. All of the accessories and game pieces are separate projects, but what you want is the main project.

      Those STL files are still considered pre-release, as I am still making some microscopic adjustments. At this point, we've made like 15 robots of that exact design and they work great, the adjustments are for example to route wires a little better for the bluetooth module in the electrical caddy on the robot. I mean, we're down to very tiny improvements at this point.

      The gamepad parts are now considered final, I haven't made any changes to those in weeks and they work very well.

      So, to be clear: If you print what's on thingiverse right now, everything will work very well. If you want to wait for the final final release version, then right this second just print the Gamepad parts because those are final, and wait about three or four days and the robot parts will also be final.

      Some of the accessories, like the joust game attachment, are getting some minor adjustments as well, but I'm assuming you're mainly concerned with the main robot and gamepad. Again, even the accessories will all be final by middle of next week.

      Also, recommended printer settings and other suggestions are on this web page on our wiki:
      http://vorpalrobotics.com/wiki/index.php…

      This is not a difficult print, there are no supports required and minimal post processing (largely consists of removing brims on some parts and maybe cleaning up a drip here or there).

      Hope this helps,
      Steve Pendergrast
      Vorpal Robotics, LLC

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      Sean J Cavaliere on

      That is great news, but when can we start printing the parts.

      If much rather have the parts ready to build waiting for the electronics.