I play with different educational manipulatives for a living. (Visit www.weirdrichard.com). My children are spoiled with access to all sorts of toys!
I told my son (age 5) about the Instuctables/Autodesk Kinetic Sculpture Contest. "You just have to build something that moves!" With some excitement, he ran to his LEGO station and created. A short time later, he strutted over and proudly presented his robot! He demonstrated that it moves by sliding it along the floor, pushing over a variety of minifigs.
Not bad for a 5 year old.
I have to admit that I enjoyed playing with this model, especially in tackling those pesky rock monsters.
This instructable will describe how to create the human-powered "August's Robot".
Note: The CAD images were generated in LDraw/MLCAD. The avi file was captured from LDView. The nice rendered images were created with L3PAO and POV-RAY. Additional
editing performed in GIMP.
LDraw software available at www.ldraw.org
POV-RAY available at www.povray.org
GIMP available at www.gimp.org/downloads/
Step 1: Gather Elements!
2 Brick 2 x 3s
1 Brick 2 x 4 with Pins
1 Brick 2 x 6
1 Brick 1 x 2
1 Plate 1 x 4
2 Plate 2 x 4s
1 Plate 2 x 10
1 Plate 4 x 4
1 Plate 6 x 8
2 Tires (Medium)
2 Wheel (Freestyle Type)