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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.

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Posted by Steve Pendergrast (Creator)

Hello backers and potential backers,

With less than 40 hours remaining, we are 190% funded and still going strong!

Getting Ready to Ship!

We are already ramping up to start shipping basic kits this week. I am moving thousands of parts into a rental space today and getting everything organized to start preparing packages. Exciting to see it all coming together!  

I fully expect to meet or beat all campaign published projected ship dates. The great majority (and possibly all) of the basic and bare bones kits will be shipped before November 1, kits that include 3D printed parts are now projected to start going out within the first week of November.

Thingiverse Community  

I have been blown away by the amazing support and advice from the Thingiverse community, with well over 100 pledges and counting. Several members there have already printed the project and gave me valuable feedback that has resulted in clearer documentation and other improvements. That's the whole point of making this project open source: I open up the source files to the community and the community in return helps me improve it! One early builder there posted yesterday: 

OMG, our robot danced today and you should have seen the huge smiles on the children's faces! We have had a blast and half building this ... 

That comment really warmed my heart! After over a year of work on this project, it's finally about to ship to hundreds of people worldwide.

Jersey Shore Maker Fest

I was at the Jersey Shore Maker Fest this past weekend, and kids as young as 4 and as old as 84 were thrilled to make Vorpal do its tricks. Several schools are talking about bulk orders. At least a thousand dollars of pledges already came in from that one six hour event. The response to this project has really amazed me. Everyone who sees Vorpal scamper across a table top or start to dance loves it.

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Vorpal at the Jersey Shore Maker Fest

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you've made it possible for this project to get out to the world in a big way!

Steve Pendergrast
Vorpal Robotics, LLC

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      Eric Albert
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      @Steve - will do! Our interests are remarkably similar - I am the lead faculty member for a week-long resident summer STEM camp for high school girls at my college and this coming year's theme is robotics!

    2. Dave Leiner on

      Printing my last ABS part now. Printing went much easier and faster than I expected (except for the cap which actually cleaned up OK), especially since I had 2 printers going. Can't wait to put it all together!

    3. Steve Pendergrast Creator on

      Eric and Joe, Thanks for your support! Be sure to get pictures of any demonstrations you do and I'll be sure to post to my facebook page and website!

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      Eric Albert
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      Fantastic! I've completed one set of parts in ABS and looking forward to assembling them into a completed unit. And I already have several venues to display and demonstrate it!

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      Joe on

      Steve,
      It is good to hear things are going better than planned. I have now finished printing all the parts for two robots. I am anxiously waiting for the electronics now.

      Best of luck,
      Joe