A fully 3D printable GlaDOS Robotic ceiling arm lamp

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In this instructable I will show you how to make a fully 3D printable GlaDOS from Portal (1 and 2), that is also a lamp and can be converted into a robotic arm (how much cooler does it get), With a superled in the eye (this much cooler).

Go watch it immediately:

This was first intended to be an instructable on how to make a fully 3d printable GlaDOS robotic arm lamp that can also move. Due to some shortage in time and other project that I need to continue on (my SLS printer) I will share everything I have thus far that works properly. When I finally figure out how to make this thing moving without all the electronics heating up to 100°C, you will be the first to know.

Because this was first intended to be a fully functioning robot arm, some of the instructions include wiring. If you do not plan to use this as a moving arm, I have also designed parts to replace the servo's and moving parts. With this, you can skip most of the wiring and only use it as a lamp.

To make this lamp you will need a printer that is comfortable printing with a lot of support material. The design isn't supportless and is quite hard to print. I used a UP! 3D printer, that is more than capable enough printing with support material. All of the parts are designed around the maximum build sizes of the UP!.

Also you will need some skills electronics and be comfortable using power from the mains. Also you will need a LOT of time. Printing alone will set you back at least 40 hours.

A special thanks to Almteq in the Netherlands for letting me borrow first one UP!, and letting me borrow 2(!) UP!s when one couldn't get the job done fast enough with just one. Without you guys, this project wouldn't have been possible.

Okay, here's the deal. You seem to want to see this thing moving, and I seem to want to win an UP! printer of my own. This is what we are going to do. You help me win an UP! in the contest, and I will do everything in my power to make this thing move as soon as possible. The deadline for the contest is too soon for me to do it before the contest, so make me win, and I will make this thing move.
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Mastrhix1 month ago

I also have an UP!, what settings do you recommend to remove support material?

dragonator (author)  Mastrhix1 month ago

Depends on the material. For ABS, anything will work. For PLA, the only advise I can give is either use UP! software 1.15 or 2.11. Anything in between sucks with PLA and support. 2.11 seems to be better, but I have to do more prints to confirm.

Hello. Give me please: circuit board and Arduino sketch.

dragonator (author)  DalekC10 days ago

The project was posted without either because I never got a decent design myself. I used a breadboard circuit to make mine move. It is nothing more than this example with 4 motors:


you can picture this board ?? or circuit ??

dragonator (author)  DalekC9 days ago

That board was never used in the actual lamp again. It was the old electronics, but it was binned because it didn't work. The only reason you still see it here is because it has a LED driver on it, which I used to power the led in the eye.

There is nothing I can offer here, sorry.

Thank you very much :)

Thanks a lot, working much better now, plan on finishing the project.

FinkHD12 days ago
Can sell a few on Ebay or Not? :D
matstermind20 days ago

The thingiverse page is down? Could you upload a zip file?


Is it in any way possible to build this whole thing without the electronics, servos and whatnot?
I would love to make something like this but I lack the skill to create such an intricate electronic system and if I tried (judging by your comments about various things overheating) I would probably burn my house down in the process of trying to do so.
So is it possible to print all the parts and put it together as a non-moving GlaDos model? I understand that this would remove half the amazingness of it but this is probably the only way I could create such a master piece. Also if it is possible, are there any parts that would not require printing?
Also I could probably manage the lights part at the top of it, but not any of the stuff that requires more than knowledge on the complete basics of electronics.

There is a non-moving GLaDOS. Download the files normally and select the "Stationary" GLaDOS.

Sirs12 months ago

so cool but I dont have a 3d printer or the time

DarcieM2 months ago

Just a suggestion for the electronics, don't use a 7805. Use a LM323, which is 5V @ 3A. That should work. Even better, use a switching replacement for a LM323, like this one from ebay. That way, you are not dissipating that extra >7W.

Mastrhix3 months ago

I read that you used PLA... I can't seem to get the support material and raft off, how did you manage this?

gadams21894 months ago
please please please please make a garage kit!
stevenlundbeg4 months ago

That is the proposed plan not foreseeing any issues though

smartmiltoys5 months ago

Are you going to hook it to a micro
controller board and have it follow people around and react to them like
that guy who made the interactive desk lamp ?

stevenlundbeg5 months ago

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ApertureSciences/ Where we make Science! #PortalFans GlaDoS Luvs you.

Hi! Where can i take an electronic glados controller scheme? I have started this project, but i cant resume without this one. Give me a link please if it posible :)

lanewma5 months ago
Give me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Munson119 months ago
I wired up the led bulbs with the driver and when I tested it they are blinking.Any ideas?

Check the packaging for the LEDs and the documentation for the driver you are using.

Some LEDs are designed to blink when they have power (like Christmas lights), and similarly the driver you may be using could be configured to blink.

If neither of those is your problem, I would check the current and voltage requirements of your LED and the current capacity of your driver; it may be your driver is struggling and the blinking is tied to a capacitor charge/discharge as it tried to keep up.

Backflash6 months ago

Waste of time!!!! Where are the files!!!?!?! Thingiverse says: "This Thing is currently under moderation because the source files have been removed."

dragonator (author)  Backflash6 months ago

While I do not mind comments like this in general, I would at least like it if someone would spent more than 2.5 seconds on a problem before commenting. The Thingiverse tells you the files have been RELOCATED, including the link. The comments below also contain the link:


I will admit that I should probably add the link to the instructables page too, but that is no reason for your comment.

Hope it helps

Sorry about that. I did not notice the link, I should have digged deeper. I don't blame you for moving the files over Stratasys VS Affinia, I would have done the same thing.

dragonator (author)  Backflash6 months ago

No biggy, glad that it is cleared up.

joshuam29 months ago

remember this test is unsolvable without an aperture science portable quantum tunneling device

Sanz of Time10 months ago
How many kgs of material did you go through to print this?
dragonator (author)  Sanz of Time10 months ago

Around 2kg's

pieboy.dave10 months ago

Hi the source files have been removed can you provide a download link please :)

dragonator (author)  pieboy.dave10 months ago

Here you go:


rokas.lepsys11 months ago

best! and it use's my electronic enemy The Adruino

ErikS111 months ago

You Sir...Are qualified for Aperture Science! In fact, you can own Aperture now!

wiidude3452 years ago
this was a triumph!
I'm making a note here, huge success!
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction...
Aperture Science!
We do what we must, because, we can.
For the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead...
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