There is a problem about some instructables: it's easy to find the materials in some countries, but it can be hard (or expensive) to find them in another.

Frecuently, I've been asked about how to build some of my reuse projects because it's not easy to find stuff, as an example, oven knobs (those are good robot feet) or Atari joysticks (I used two damaged ones for "Rob Zombie" and the Atari Fans almost sacrificed me to the Space Invaders for destroying World Heritage) . That's the reason I always say "If you don't have it, replace it!". Replacing materials can take you to interesting new designs, some for better, some for worse.

To demonstrate this, I made the Walker, one of my favorites Randofo's projects. I love Simple Bots because you can build some pretty awesome robots without being a robotics genius (I wish I could be one, someday!). But I got problems with most of the materials, so I had to make some replacements (original Walker stuff is first in bold letter):
  • (x2) servos modified for direct drive: In Colombia, the servos are very expensive. So I used gearboxes from a small R/C toy car.
  • (x1) telephone handset: I fix the gearboxes using an iron angle. I made a "head" with a motion sensor plastic case (it houses the battery holder) with a red eye (plastic caps plus a red LED). The head is attached to the body thanks to a plastic bar.
  • (x1) 4 x AA battery holder: no problem with this but, thanks to the power of the gearboxes, I could make it works with only three batteries. So I had to hack the battery holder for completing the circuit.
  • (x1) DPDT lever switch: no problem with this.
  • (x2) CDs: I don't like to work with CDs, so I used black plastic bars. For the back disc (that moves the switch) I used a pentagon Transformers toy from a cereal box.
  • (x2) 6" bolts, (x2) 5" bolts, (x4) bolts, (x4) bolt covers: I wanted to try a flexible design, so I used copper wire covered with black rubber hoses.
  • (x2) thin 1" nut and bolt, (x1) a couple dozen assorted zip ties: I used a lot of nuts and bolts. I don't work so much with zip ties.
As you can see, the design varies a lot and it looks totally different to Randofo's Walker. Even the motion varies. I love the red eye because it looks more like an evil drone. An army of evil drones trying to take over the city would be great!

My next goal is, based on this design, to build a Lady Cassandra's Robot Spider (Doctor Who fans know what I'm talking about)

iFirefly9 months ago

Cute! Looks like something you would see used in the "Portal" games.

M.C. Langer (author)  iFirefly9 months ago
Thanks, iFirefly!
ElectraBlu2 years ago
oh sorry about that. I didn't know, I'm new to the instructables community. I just posted my first instructable. Please vote for it in the epilog laser contest. But thanks.
M.C. Langer (author)  ElectraBlu2 years ago
No problem! Welcome! :-)
ElectraBlu2 years ago
ElectraBlu2 years ago
Cool- can you maybe include how to make a robot like it
M.C. Langer (author)  ElectraBlu2 years ago
The link to Randofo's instructable was included.
ElectraBlu2 years ago
I've been trying to make something like this. Good job, it looks seamless like Apple's stuff.
M.C. Langer (author)  ElectraBlu2 years ago
Thanks ElectraBlu!
I love it !!
M.C. Langer (author)  Husham Samir2 years ago
Thanks a lot Husham! :-)
sunshiine2 years ago
This makes me want to make one! ; )
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
It's amazing! Why don't you make one? :-) The basic Walker is this:

I just might surprise you! Thanks for the basic!
M.C. Langer (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
You're welcome!
Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Quedo Genial !!!Falto musica de fondo...que tal "El Pirulino"?
M.C. Langer (author)  Mr.Sanchez2 years ago
Gracias hermano. Pero, por qué todo el mundo cree que mi Walker está borracho o con sobredosis de cafeína?

Y si, el Pirulino no es mala idea.
Debe ser porque el ojo lo tiene rojito...jejeje.Y si...no es mala idéa, digopara darle mas sentido pintoresco propio de nuestra patria.
randofo2 years ago
Woah. This one is super charged. It looks like it drank a lot of coffee :-)
M.C. Langer (author)  randofo2 years ago
Thanks a lot Randofo! Your instructables are very inspirating. I think I could name my robot "Coffee Walker" :-)
iceng2 years ago
What a super life of switch testing unit you have here ! :-)
M.C. Langer (author)  iceng2 years ago
Thanks a lot iceng! :-)