Snailbot Build Night, Part 2

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More snailbot building! (Check out Part 1) Jill and I finished our snails, while Annie completed a slug - she will add the shell later. But the slug could race, let me tell you! Here's the evidence.

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    Pyro Fiend

    10 years ago on Introduction

    How do the snails work. I see you have a motor with a.....Wheel? But it is covered with fabric, right? How does it move???????????? This thing is awesome by the way.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    The surface you put them on makes a difference, too. If it is too smooth (e.g. glass) they don't get much traction and tend to drift around. Something like drawing paper with a little texture seems to work best.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    That is likely. We've been getting requests from people who want snails as presents... also I have some ideas about making the switch better, and I want to understand more about the movement, experiment with different velvets. It seems, from my current work, that a non-stretchy, fairly stiff velvet makes the best foot, but I haven't been rigorous about testing yet.