Introduction: Gecko - Magnetic Wall Climbing Robot
- It can climb walls carrying weights
- It can transfer between various geometries
- Its simple ! and perform tricks that much sophisticated robots cant do.
In this instructable I'll describe my engineering project, made 5 years ago for university graduation.
The project was very promising, and we started to deal with patents and funding for additional development.
Step 1: The Patent - Surcface Complient Magnetic Wheel
The basic invention takes the physical properties of the natural magnet - It is very hard to pull it off a surface vertical to the surface that is attached to, but if you try to "peel" , it comes off quite easy. (see figure)
Each magnet is connected to a suspension spring, that acts whenever the robot is moving on a ruff terrain.
our wheel uses this exact characteristic to move efficiently on surfaces - lacking the need for expensive and energy consuming electromagnets or any kind of suction cups.
Step 2: Lets Start From the End - Please Applaud to the Wall Climbing Robot !
It climbs on vertical surfaces, ceilings, carrying loads and controlled by a remote controller. (regular RC control)
As you can see each magnet is connected to a suspension spring, that acts whenever the robot is moving on a ruff terrain.
Step 3: Our Gecko Climbs the Stairs
Step 4: Our "Followers"...