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In this instructable, we guide you through how to obtain an IBM TJBot cardboard and how to fold TJBot from a laser cut cardboard.


If you already have your TJBot cardboard, jump to step 3 for folding instructions. 

Here is a TJBot unboxing video that one of TJBot's friends, Lisa, has put together.

Step 1: Download the Design Files

TJBot is an open source project for building a little robot powered by IBM Watson. You can download laser cut designs from the TJBot website and laser cut your own TJBot. Three file formats are available: pdf, eps, dxf.

You can also download the 3D printing designs and 3D print your TJBot.
In this instructable, we guide you through how to fold TJBot from a laser cut cardboard.

Used Ponoko, added glasses with tape on the inside to cover the camera when not in use. (Just in case the NSA wants to creep lol) A few components kept slipping out of place (like the feet), so I used just a tiny bit of glue. Everything else went perfectly. Yay!
<p>Lovely! It looks like you made this with cardboard instead of chipboard. We found the cardboard can be a little flimsy. How is yours holding up? Love the glasses! :-) </p>
Thanks! When it came from the cutter, it was thinner cardboard than I had intended, so I was worried, but it's great! it has a nice stable feel and I've been handling it a lot (taking pics and such) without any issues. I can't find a place that would cut the chipboard but if I make another, I would like to go that route to compare. Also, I think I'm going to plastidip this little guy and experiment with that.
<p>Ponoko hasn't yet fixed the thickness problem. I ordered one last week and from Ponoko and the cardboard wasn't able to handle the weight of the Raspberry Pi. Our preferred vendor is http://texlaser.com We have worked with them to make sure they deliver the right cardboard.</p>
<p>Would you please provide a few suggested online laser cutting services? After 30 minutes with google, I've yet to find one that is an obvious candidate for this particular job. Thanks.</p>
<p>Hi </p><p>Ponoko is an online laser cutting service where you could make this. I've formatted the files so you can easily make them. You'll see them here - <a href="http://www.ponoko.com/design-your-own/products/tjbot-lasercut-lines-v2-ponoko-p3-size-13901" rel="nofollow">http://www.ponoko.com/design-your-own/products/tjb...</a></p><p>*I work at Ponoko. Seen a couple of people trying to make these designs and having trouble as designs are not formatted for our software. I wanted to give specific Ponoko ready files to make it easier for people to make these parts if they don't have access to a laser of their own.</p>
<br>For the laser cut, we recommend using chipboard with dimensions 18&quot; x 18&quot; x .080&quot; (457mm x 457mm x 2mm). Corrugated cardboard is not a desired material for TJBot.<br>
<p>In the UK chipboard = cardboard or mount board :-)</p>
<p>Hi Timminter. Thanks for sharing this with us. Unfortunately Ponoko doesn't provide the right thickness for the chipboard. We recommend using chipboard with dimensions 18&quot; x 18&quot; x .080&quot; (457mm x 457mm x 2mm). Please make sure the company is using the material with the right thickness. Otherwise, the cardboard won't be able to handle the weight of the Raspberry Pi. Our preferred vendor is http://texlaser.com We have worked with them to make sure they deliver the right cardboard.</p>
<p>Where do you source the chipboard from? </p><p>Would 0.05&quot; chipboard work?</p><p>We'll look at adding it to our materials catalog so that people can order this more easily.</p>
<p>the correct cardboard can be purchased through www.texlaser.com</p>
<p>Please send us an email at tjbot@us.ibm.com to follow up.</p>
<p>Just found by accident that ponoko is &quot;razorlab&quot; in the UK. I had to create an account on ponoko, get the file the ponoko guy helpfully created from there then create another account (with a different email address) on razorlab and upload the ponoko file to razorlab. Looks like the accounts are shared with both companies but you can't sign on to one with the other (if you see what I mean)</p>
<p>Here's a link to the official laser cutters of TJBot. www.texlaser.com</p>
<p>Many online laser cutting services require different colored lines for cutting versus engraving. How can the existing files easily be converted so that the cutting lines are blue and engraving lines are red. As we don't have the vector files it doesn't seem easy to do unless you redraw the image.</p>
<p>Hi do you mean solid vs. broken lines? All of the lines are supposed to be cut, no etching needed. Also, we have an EPS file in the download package that is a vector file that you can edit for each different need. You may download the vector file at <a href="https://ibmtjbot.github.io/images/TJBotLasercutLines.zip">Laser cut TJBot</a></p><p>Let me know if this doesn't help.</p>
<p>Are there any friends in Taipei knowing the 3D or Laser company can help on cutting service? </p>
<p>Where do buy material of TJBot?</p>
We have provided a list of electronics for each recipe with a purchase link on Amazon. Feel free to shop around. <br><br>For example https://www.instructables.com/id/Use-Your-Voice-to-Control-a-Light-With-Watson/ needs<br>* Raspberry Pi 3<br>* USB microphone <br>* NeoPixel RGB LED <br>* Female/female jumper wires <br>* IBM TJBot: You can 3D print or laser cut the robot<br>
<p>Awesome process piecing each part of the lasercut TJBot together!</p>

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