DARwIn-OP is an acronym for (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligence - Open Platform) or DARwIn for short. The DARwIn-OP was developed by the RoMeLa research lab at Virginia Tech in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and ROBOTIS. ROBOTIS is a world leading South Korean robotics’ company. Their Dynamixel servos are the leading robotic servos in the world and the key to why the DARwIn-OP is so ground breaking. The lead designer of the DARwIn-OP project has Dr. Dennis Hong of Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa and ROBOTIS. The robot is a state of the art research and development humanoid robot. The DARwIn-OP weighs in at about 2.9 kilograms and a height of 45.5 cm.
The idea behind this project is to find new and cheaper ways to create and build robots. As 3d printing becomes cheaper and easier to use more and more people will have access to this way of manufacturing. I hope that this instrucable will open up more peoples eyes as to the power of this new personal fabrication method.
Below is a link to my Make magazine article on how I made the clone.
Step 1: Why I wanted to own a DARwIn-OP!
This is video of the DARwIn-OP in its natural environment Robocup soccer.
Step 2: Download CAD file
Link to file location.
Other download information links
Step 3: Create .STL files for all of the parts.
If you need a cheaper way try AutoDesk 123D Beta if you can still download it.
Here is a link to my Thingiverse project page for my DARwIn-OP clone where I have upload all of the .STL files for the robot.