DIY handmade Hexapod with arduino (Hexdrake)

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Hello, I'm David and in this instructable I'll show how I made this hexapod whose name is Hexdrake.

Since I was 16 I became interested in electronic and later in robotics. After getting some level and programming skills using arduino I decided to build a robot something more interesting than a simple robot with two wheels . I liked the idea of having a hexapod but did not have much money to buy one.

So I built a low cost 2DOF hexapod made with hand-cut wood and Sg90 servos.

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Arya421 month ago

What kind of wooden board was used? It looks like particle board but it is difficult to tell.

abuchard1 month ago


je voudrais savoir si tu pouvais mettre un lien pour le code arduino

first EPIC! 2ed can it be trend into a defends bot / small alltetran velical ? ( sorry for spelling ) ?

Arya421 month ago
What kind of electrolytic capacitors and slide switch are on the eye control board? They don't seem to be in the parts list.
RoboTable2 months ago

I feel this instructable really captures the ethos of this site. You managed to put together this really intricate machine with hand-cut wood, no need for 3-d printing or cnc cutters, just good old DIY'ing. Not to say those are bad, because they are awesome, just the spirit of those on the cheap builds really moves me. You really deserve this, I was rooting for you from the beginning, and am so glad you won. Keep on building! You Rock!

Thank you :)))

Arya421 month ago
I am getting the exact same servos as what you used but I am having difficulty with making the templates. Do you have dimensions or AutoCAD files?
phenoptix2 months ago

Well deserved win!

BikeHacker2 months ago

Has your cat attacked it yet? (;

Not yet. :) jaja

BikeHacker2 months ago

Very nice. You could also add a camera to it!

Thanks you. I had not thought about adding a camera but I think it would be a bit tricky due to the small size and limited space of the hexapod haha.

edugimeno2 months ago

Y Español!! Orgullo patrio. Si señor. Good job. Amazing project. Very nice finish. I wish I had more free time to build this. And you also invested time in a pretty nice storage box, awesome!! (author)  edugimeno2 months ago

Siii jajaaj. Gracias

apburner3 months ago

Congrats on the write up. Good work on your hexapod. I might have to fire up my scollsaw and build this thing. (author)  apburner2 months ago

Thank you :)

apburner3 months ago

Congrats on the write up. Good work on your hexapod. I might have to fire up my scollsaw and build this thing. You wouldn't happen to be adding a third dimention to these legs are you. I think maybe a standard size servo would be able to handle the up and down movement of these legs. (author) 3 months ago

I upload a new video :)

techsdata3 months ago

Hello excellent job of hexapod, be so kind as to send hexapod design to my email., thank you very much .. the greetings.


gweeds3 months ago

Dude, good work on doing all this by hand ie No laser cutting or CNC'ing, The red edging on the black legs instantly drew me to this. Awesome work!

achand83 months ago

Please upload a video of it in action!

lokoo achand83 months ago
epierce3 months ago

I like to see somebody not using a CNC machine and taking pleasure in their work!! Well done!!

deonjwessels3 months ago

Fantastic project. Any chance that you could post the actual autocad file as I would like to cut the parts on my cnc router. Thank you.

The CAD file is only for reference. The parts are not drawn with the real measurements of the paper patterns, that are the originals.

eric.atkinson3 months ago

This is an excellent project. Would you mind posting the CAD files for those with LASER cutters? I would like to build several with my engineering class.

Hey eric, maybe David could benefit from your LASER cutter?

Absolutely. I would happily cut him a set of parts for the files.

The CAD file is only for reference. The parts are not drawn with the real measurements of the paper patterns, that are the originals.

wfoster63 months ago

amazing!!! this robot is just the greatest. I triple voted for you.

I love the fact that you used only 9g servos that really is quite remarkable

please consider posting this robot on letsmakerobots. (author)  wfoster63 months ago

Thank you. Ok, when I have time I will try to post it in letsmakerobots.

diy_bloke3 months ago

amazing. freaking amazing. you got my vote (author)  diy_bloke3 months ago

Thank you. :)

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mad_mat3 months ago

Respect David, great job.

Recycling to make the storage and work box, more respect! :-)

zurCaleD3 months ago

Excellent, :-)

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huymai3 months ago

Nice hexapod,

What kind of power supply did u use like what brand? because i had trouble of powering my servos with just simply AA alkaline battery.

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