A bit about 3D printing and meet Smartiboat!
I thought it would be nice in this update to talk about how we used 3D printing to make some of the demos in the video and also to show you a new Smartibot we 3D printed - Smartiboat!
I think Smartibot and 3D printing are pretty good friends. The circuit board, motors and battery box are small enough that you can print a body that holds them comfortably within the print envelope of most commonly available 3D printers. Having all the electronics you need to make a moving robot that you can control from your phone on the single circuit board (with four convenient mounting holes) makes designing that body easy and flexible. This makes Smartibot the perfect platform for all kinds of 3D printed radio controlled models or robots.
For the video we designed and 3D printed a Cyborg Dragon and a CarBot. Both were designed to print easily on an FDM printer without any support material. The Cyborg Dragon was inspired by a tweet from Elon Musk a few weeks earlier where he announced he was making Cyborg Dragons. We thought that beating him to it would be a great example of the agile design and development process working with Smartibot enables. We don’t really know why we made the CarBot.
I wanted to show something that used quite a few servos so made the Bipedal Bot using the parts from MobBob by cevinius on Thingiverse which is itself a remix of BoB by k120189. The Bipedal bot uses 4 servos and Smartibot supports up to 10 so you can make much more complicated robots than this if you want.And now onto our favourite 3D printed thing so far, Smartiboat. It’s made using a toy outboard motor that we bought online for £7 and a micro servo. It’s printed in Punk Star Pink filament from Faverdashery which I think gives it a really cool 1980s Miami vibe. I was super relieved that it didn’t sink when we tested it in the canal; and actually really pleased with how well it worked considering it was the first design iteration and I’d never designed a boat before.
Campaign-wise things are going great. We’re at over 350% of our target and Kickstarter kindly mentioned us in the last email. As always thanks to all of you for your support an welcome to all the new backers.
Thanks again, Ross