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A project to create a human sized animatronic character from only laser cut mechanics and off the shelf hobby servos.
A project to create a human sized animatronic character from only laser cut mechanics and off the shelf hobby servos.
113 backers pledged $15,232 to help bring this project to life.

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Roy in Popular Science Magazine

Hello All,

I wanted to share with everyone that Roy was voted one of the top 10 Prototype Inventions of 2013 by Popular Science magazine. It can be seen in the May Inventions issue on stands now. You can also find a link to the online article here.

Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

Roy and I will be participating again this year in the Bay area Maker Faire. May 18-19 at the San Mateo County Events Center, CA.

If you are in the area please come by and say "Hi". This is one of the coolest shows around, they have stuff for everyone in the family. I have been hard at work on some major upgrades and I can't wait to get Roy up and running for the show.

Thanks and Happy Building,


Arm Assembly

Hello All,  

I hope everyone's build is going well. I have completed the assembly video for the Arm and uploaded it to YouTube. It has been split into 6 segments contained in the following playlist.

Meet Roy Arm Assembly Playlist

I have also generated some reference drawings to accompany the videos.

Here are links to the PDFs for printing.

Wrist Assembly PDF

Arm Pre-Assemblies PDF

Arm Assembly Step 1 PDF

Arm Assembly Step 2 PDF

Arm Assembly Step 3 PDF

I have also completed the video for the Display Base but I still need to generated a reference drawing. The video is up, but I will link to it and the drawing in the next update. 

The Website

I have finally had the time to start working on the Roy The Robot website. I hope to launch it early next month just in time for some cool news I will be sharing with you all on April 16. 

Thank You again to all my backers,


Shipping Complete!!!!!!!!

Hello all,

Just a quick update. I have finished shipping all the rewards. WooHoo!!!! That was a crazy amount of work. I am now moving onto the remaining assembly videos. If you have not received your reward or at least an e-mail about your shipment, please let me know. 

I have had a few kits with missing or damaged parts. If you run into this situation, drop me a message and I will get you replacements ASAP.  If you have a problem or you make a mistake (gluing parts wrong, broken part, etc.) please contact me. I have extra parts and we will get you back on track.

I hope everyone is enjoying their build. It is an amazing feeling to see these kits in the wild. Keep up the good work!

Thanks again for all the support,


The Home Stretch

Hello All,

Just a quick update. I have been working diligently to get the remaining rewards sent out. They are being shipped in the order that the project backing was received. I have currently shipped over half of the Arm Display Kits. A tracking e-mail is generated upon each shipment, so keep an eye out for one when something is headed your way. I will continue to work thought the Holidays to get the rest out ASAP. The final instructional videos will come out after the shipping is completed.

Please post a note in the comments bellow or reply to the shipping e-mail letting me know that  you receive your stuff.

Again THANK YOU for your support and have a HAPPY HOLIDAYS.


All the parts are in!!!!

Hello again,

I received the last of the parts from the Printrbot laser cutter. Thanks Brook and Tim!! I am now moving into packing & shipping mode.

Things slowed down a bit over the holiday, but I am back at it now. I discovered early last week while packing hardware that I had ordered the wrong rod ends for the wrist links. I quickly ordered the correct ones and now have everything to complete the kits. Roy's Arm kits will go out over the next few days and Roy's Arm Display kits will begin to ship at the end of the week. Keep an eye out for shipping surveys for those of you who have not received one.