This is the LoCoQuad Robot Platform.
You can build it yourself... you may need some help if you are a beginner but you would get there shortly.
The list of prints and the list of components is with the pictures. Find the best price for your components and start to assamble your robot. You may also need HotGlue pistol and soldering equipment.
If you have a good friend that loves robots as much as you do we recomend you to build two robots so they can interact.
This robot is based on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B as central core. Everything else lays from it.
The code: https://github.com/TomBlackroad/LoCoQuad
The platform is Open Source for Research and Education. Any comertial use of the Design, the code or both must be notified to the author.
THIS WORK IS CURRENTLY BEING DEVELOPED AT UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA, SPAIN.
New update should come out soon. Any participation is welcome, specially the feedback from your builds.
We use a TRONXY X3 at 1.75mm PLA at 0.2mm layer hight. I recomend fliping all the pices 45 degrees in order to make greater bridges. Any modern 3D printer should have no problem printing this robot.
Overview and Background
LoCoQuad: A Low-Cost Arachnid Robot Platform for Research and Education
This robot has been designed to test Reinforcement Learning algorithims in real systems.
The original idea derivated into a wider view of the platform.
We designed an Open Source robot based on Linux + Raspberry Pi and Low Cost components so everybody has acces to a Legged robot for cheap.
Other robots have been designed but they are both more expensibe and more Close Sourced.
You can learn many things with LoCoQuad, from fundaments of manufacturing, fast prototyping, electronics and soldering, Python scripting and overall ROBOTICS.
Lesson Plan and Activity
Learning by building a LoCoQuad Robot
In order to start with this robot you need to learn first: Electronics Soldering, basic 3D printing, fundaments on Raspbery platform, and basic Python.
If you don't have those skill yet, you may need someone to help you out.
If you do, just start by printing all the 3D parts. Buy the list of component and follow the Assambly process. Install all the electronics and do the proper soldering following the schematics. Add the Raspberry and close the Hood. Remember to install Raspbian and follow the GitHub instructions.
All the video links have the purpose to help you out in the process of building the robot.
After you have everything installed, the time to try your coding skills will be.
MAY the FORCE be with YOU!!!!!