Each of the mechanized insect's legs are fully articulated and it has the capacity to move at speeds of up to 240 steps per minute.
Once built this robot can move sideways much like a crab and the legs have a synchronized walking pattern thanks to the mechanism which I will explain in the instructable.
Also, this little creature is so small you can store it in a match box or even at the bottom of your pocket and although it is pretty fiddly to make once you get the hang of making them you can make yourself a swarm of miniature, paper robots!
Furthermore,because this robot is made only from paper and salvaged electronic components your robot army can cost you virtually nothing !
(If you like this instructable I would be really grateful for your votes in the epilog V contest because I spent days cutting these individual pieces with scissors and I would really love to use a laser cutter to make some more projects like this one and ones with more exciting materials such as plastics. Also with less time cutting I can start to focus on the electronics side of things and design some mini robots which can do things such as pick up objects and perform more complex tasks)
this project is very reliant on the correct dimensions and precisely cut components because it is so small and if there is even a slight error in the measurements the robot is liable to jam and stop working. I have reduced this problem for you by providing a template for the pieces however, take care when cutting. Also I used a pair of regularly shaped gears which I found ,when I tried to test, to be susceptible to jamming and so I will also detail how to make this robot using a worm drive which, according to my walking experiments, will mean far smoother mechanized walking.
-4 sheets of A4 paper/ 2 sheets of A4 card
-small motor (can be taken from old RC helicopters or bought from here :http://www.active-robots.com/motors-wheels/small-geared-motors)
-Use two LR44 button batteries if you want your robot to be self contained. If you want to hold a 9V battery while the robot runs along the ground this gives a much faster speed but doesn't look so great.
-small worm gear to fit the diameter of your small motor and an 8mm diameter gear with 18 teeth
-40 small pins