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

ErikS125 days ago

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

wiidude3451 year 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...
But there's no sense crying over every mistake...
You just keep on trying until you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done
And you make a neat gun
For the people who are.... still alive
aol1044 Hirntod4 months ago

I'm not even angry.

Hirntod aol10444 months ago

I'm being so sincere right now.

RobinSood Hirntod4 months ago

Even Though You Broke My Heart And Killed Me,

and thew every piece into a fire

aol1044 RobinSood3 months ago

Aperture Science, we do what we must, because we can

nancyjohns1 month ago

even though you broke my heart and killed me, and tore me to pieces, and threw every piece into a fire

nancyjohns1 month ago

the cake is a lie.

the cake is a lie

.the cake is a lie

.the cake is a lie.

Taragor2 months ago
do i have to print it in abs or is pla strong enough??
Wheatley120211 months ago
it was a triumph

I'm making a note here, huge success.

JesusGeek aol10443 months ago

and these points of data make a beautiful line

and we're out of beta we're releasing on time

aol1044 JesusGeek3 months ago

Wrong part @JesusGeek. It was "It's hard to overstate my satisfaction."

Emulani6 months ago

gota say u used a ton of support material on bits and pieces that could have been added as smaller objects rather then part of the whole.

for instant add it from top down with a small slide wall, gives roughly the same strenght without wasting material

laptopdude908 months ago
The head should be modified by someone to mount a raspberry pi camera in it. I would love having GLaDOS guarding my room with face recognition :3

Oh my.. That would be amazing!

I can just imagine having a friend walk in and wonder what's up with the light, just to have it turn around and tell them to identify themselves.

Im making a note here, hughe succes.

No but really, looks awesome man, i'll definatly try have a go at making one when my 3d printer finally arrives, thanks for the idea, info, and files
Wheatley120211 months ago
it was a triumph

tardistrekkie11 months ago
Is there any chance I could get a copy of the firmware you used? I'm working on making Wheatley and this would make my project 1000 times easier!
Dr. dB1 year ago
Very cool!

Another "mounted-at-one-end robotic character" that might lend itself to such a project would be "Auto" the autopilot from the movie Wall-E.
SHIFT! Dr. dB1 year ago
Done and done!
Dr. dB SHIFT!1 year ago
Ha! That's gorgeous! ...and from some time ago, too. Guess that'll teach me to ransack the site, just a little, before I run off at the keyboard! ;-)
SHIFT!1 year ago
I love this project! Can I have your permission to make a Life Sized version of this?
WobleBox1 year ago
Am i the only one who doesn't know anything about stuff????? Seriously where do you learn how to do this???
robotteen1 year ago
how much is the overall cost?
robotteen1 year ago
im thinking if i build one of these, i will put a camera on top of the light in the head... do you think this is a good idea or should i just go with the LED without the camera? thanks
robotteen1 year ago
would your Focus 3D printer work to build this?
Kelly021 year ago
Maker90001 year ago
What program do i need to open the Model Files for the project?
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