Strawbots: Instructables Robot

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The STRAWBOTS are a family of robots designed for stop-motion animation. They are lightweight, easily posable, and economical to build. All you need to get started is some craft foam, some straws, and a hole punch.

The instructables robot was the second robot to join the family of STRAWBOTS. The other members will be unveiled shortly. Stay tuned!

* Don't forget to watch the animation at the end of this instructable.

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Step 1: Materials and Tools

  1. Craft Foam - Yellow, White, Black, Red, Grey
  2. Black Straws ( I get mine from Harvey's - they are a slightly larger diameter than a standard 1/4" straw)
  3. Black Hair Elastics (available at most dollar stores)
  4. Tape or Marker (for adding details like the face)
  5. Wheels - K'nex or any other wheels you can find
  6. Double-sided tape
  7. Zip tie
  1. Hole punches (1/8", 1/4")
  2. Utility knife
  3. Scissors
  4. Pencil or Pen
  5. Template (paper or plastic)

Step 2: Trace Templates

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In this step I use the plastic templates that I made to trace out the parts on to the foam.
  1. You can use a pen or pencil. I find pen rolls better on the foam, yet pencil shows up better on black material.
  2. Try to maximize the usage of your foam depending on the size of sheet you start with. 
  3. I use the paper template for the hand because it was so small. 

* You'll likely be using the paper templates, which I'll describe in the next step.

Step 3: Paper Template

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If you've printed out the paper templates, there are couple ways to tackle this part of the project.
  1. Cut out the paper pieces with scissors and punch out holes with a punch. Then carefully trace around the paper patterns on to the foam.
  2. I find that it's much easier to tape the cut paper patterns to the foam temporarily with double sided tape. Then cut the pieces out with the paper in place. This way, you only have to punch the holes once.

* If you're using the double-sided tape method, do not tape over areas where you'll need to punch holes. The tape will gum up your punch.

Very nice! (Also nice use of K'nex wheels) :)
BLUEBLOBS21 year ago
This is amazing. :0 It looks exactly like the real Instrutables robot.
poofrabbit1 year ago
I love it!! It is clear to me I need my own instructables robot, I will have to give this a try. As always fantastic 'able!
Mr. Noack (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
I look forward to seeing what you make :) thanks for the kind words
Ez-Kabob1 year ago
That is supremely amazing!
Mr. Noack (author)  Ez-Kabob1 year ago
Thanks! Appreciate your comment ;)

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