by DemonDust, published
CodeName - MD-B12
My Makerbot CNC aka "DemonDust" is the Queen ant, and a Queen ant produces the soldiers on the "front line". The Makerbot Defender is designed and built to protect as a soldier, just as in nature a soldier ant protects a well structured colony all working as one unstoppable force.
UPDATED PARTS - 5/10/2010
These upgraded parts solve loose joint issues and strengthens moving parts
This version is made from ABS plastic built on a heated platform.
Version #1 tank treads are hard to move, but moveable. Upgrades are being designed and will soon follow
The mounted cannon is for defense purposes only. Launching non-lethal smoke prejectiles to create smoke cover to confuse and slow invaders
Infrared camera is mount on the shoulder helping to watch over the Queen for temperture accuracy
Every soldier in nature is equipped with a strong pair of claws. These arms can move over 180 degrees front to back with claws that can be opened and held in any position. Upgrades are being designed for the next
version of arms/claws
One of the best pre-designed ideas for the MakerBot Defender,it is upgradeable. The mounted cannon and Infrared camera just slide right out of the main body panel. Making it possible to design anything and replace existing features.
7"(wide) x 8.5"(deep) x 7"(tall)
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Now that I finally have a Makerbot, I'm printing this amazing robot.
First, I have to admire that it's nicely printable, and wonderfully modular - I am sure that I'll be making more add-ons for this thing!
One minor suggestion - from printing the arms (so far) I ran into one minor problem; there's a 'snap' where the left arm attaches to the end of the ball joint,
and the 'teeth' on the snap are too large, so you have to break one arm of the clip to fit the end of the ball join into place, then glue it together. If you could make the teeth a bit shorter, I think it would work perfectly.
What was this modeled in? If you can share the source files, I'm sure we
'd see an explosion.
Finally, I've arranged all of the pieces into a few 'plates' that print on a Replicator. They were generated using Repetier-Host, and I'd be happy to share them, as it makes printing so many pieces a bit easier.
I was worried about counts because local suppliers only sell tiny bags at fairly high prices. But I found suppliers that sell bags of 100 nylon M3 and M4 nuts and bolts fairly cheaply (Amazon Prime, free shipping). So the counting is less critical.
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