The Robot Japan competitions get better and better each time. The 5th bi-annual event, held last Sunday in Tokyo, was the best competition yet from all aspects. The professionalism, showmanship, energy, and excitement was absolutely fantastic.
Here's my photo set of the afternoon. I'll be posting several videos of the action on the Robots Dreams YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/robotsdreams) also.
Had a great weekend at the Maker Faire Tokyo event including meeting some new robot and 3D printer builders that I hadn't met in person before. Here's the photoset, and I'll be posting some videos soon.
It's easy to see what Mister Tamao has on his mind. As the organizer of Robot Pro-Wresting, and avid story-teller and humanoid robot builder, and a top level ROBO-ONE competitor, Mister Tamao is totally focused on robot entertainment.
When I visited Makerbot Industries last month I came away with some of the windup walker mechanisms for a special project I have in mind.
The first step was to create a 'negative' model of the space needed by the walker mechanism. That took a few attempts, but finally I managed to get the dimensions and geometry close enough to be functional.
Then I modeled a shell for the robot. In this case it was extremely simple - just a proof of concept. Once I had the shell modeled, I subtracted the negative model, exported the STL, sliced it using Slic3r 0.8.2 (corrected 8/2/2012), and printed it on my Tantillus RepRap printer.
The print turned out very well and only required some minimal cleanup to remove a few stringers inside the shell. The walker mechanism slipped in perfectly the first time, and the robot was off and walking.
Now I can get creative and design some shells that actually look like a robot.
Michael Curry and his 3D printed robot Minions at Makerbot Headquarters in Brooklyn, NYC last week.
I had a wonderful afternoon visiting Makerbot Industries in Brooklyn.
This was my fifth visit over the past two and a half years. Every time the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity seems to have been cranked up by at least another order of magnitude.