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how can i make a Lego strandbeest? Answered

i have been trying to make a Lego strandbeest but cannot figure it out

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skittlespider (author)2010-10-07

You could try using Knex instead of Lego. That way there is a good standard size of parts and everything is color coded.

Going by the link, it looks to me like it would be significantly easier with Knex

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Wafflicious (author)2009-02-20

It will be easiest with the mindstorm.

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wupme (author)Wafflicious2009-05-05

why would need mindstorm? Its just simple rotation and a few gears you need for it to work. My best guess would be googling for "strandbeest" to find the page of the guy who made those. I remember him showing how one leg worked so it creates that walking motion out of a circular motion. From that base it should be easy to figure it out with legos and a few tries.

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wupme (author)wupme2009-05-05

Ok i found a good picture on his side.

I think from there you should be able to figure it out.
Print out and measure it, so you can get aproximately the size differences of those parts (like 6 holes, 4 holes and so on...)

My first try still would be building this out of wood, and see it it creates the same pattern as his, or a pattern close to this.
You also need to remember that there's a time offset between legs. I think you would need at least 6 in pairs of 2 to create a good motion.

Te top left is a fixed axle, and to top right is the offset drive.

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