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GlaDOS Robotic arm ceiling lamp

by dragonator, published

GlaDOS Robotic arm ceiling lamp by dragonator Mar 20, 2013

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All files of the Glados lamp have been relocated

Makebot always had a few minor issues, but after Stratasys took over things went south quickly. With the Stratasys VS Affinia thing where they sued Affinia with "patents" I have already stopped posting on thingiverse, but with Makerbot trying to patent openly developed technologies, I have lost all of my remaining goodwill towards Makerbot.

In light of this recent behavior, I am relocating all my files to my own site: ytec3d.com and I will look into posting the designs on another platform as well. I advice everyone to consider if supporting this company is still the right choice for the development of 3D printing like it once was.

More things will be relocated when Makerbot decides to make another move.

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in this page, has a download image

Where would I be able to find the files? I did not know you took it down.

im tring to make the eye an eye for a projector

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Over a month later and here we are. I have won... I still can't really believe it. First thing first: Thanks! Without you guys this would not have been possible. Not just everyone that voted but also everyone that was supportive, without you I would not have had the energy to finish this thing.

Now for the sad part. I have completed this project, and I will not go any further with this project. I have heard amazing ideas from you guys though, so I want to see what everyone else can do with this. So go modify this lamp and make it even more awesome. Amaze me.

I have released all of the files in solidworks and step. Feel free to use as long as you credit. Some of the names are in dutch, but changing them would destroy some of the assemblies, so. Good luck everyone, and until my next project.

Dragonator out.

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See it moving here:

Go to the instructables page for full instructions on how to make this lamp. You will find a step by step that roughly describes how to make this lamp.


In the files, there is a stationary and a moving zip file. The stationary arm has no need for servo's and is purely decorative.

The moving arm requires 3 micro servo's, one of which needs to be very stong, and a beefy normal servo. To light the lamp, I used 8 3W warm white leds (which in retrospect might have been a little overkill) and one orange 3W led for the eye (only picture in the instructable). The moving arm also uses 2 608 bearings for the arm to rotate.

The controller has 4 10k potentiometers to track the position of the mini GlaDOS. I have included a picture of this. If you search ebay for potentiometer, these will show up almost first. The one in the head is a tight fit, but with appropriate force, everything fits.

This lamp is entered in several contests on instructables (most importantly the UP! contest). If you like it and have an instructables account, please vote for me in the UP! contest and in the lamps and lights contest.

The lamp is designed around the limits of a UP! 3D printer. Special thanks to Almteq in the Netherlands for letting me borrow first one, and then two (TWO) UP! 3D printers (TWO!). Without you guys, this lamp wouldn't have been possible.


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Mr_Williamson on Jun 4, 2014 said:

Where would I be able to find the files? I did not know you took it down.

truelife2 on Jun 4, 2014 said:

in this page, has a download image

DEFIANTSOUL on Jun 2, 2014 said:

im tring to make the eye an eye for a projector

dragonator on May 30, 2014 said:

The design isn't gone, it is just relocated to http://ytec3d.com/. I no longer have any faith in Makerbot and so it doesn't make any sense supporting them with my designs.

truelife2 on May 30, 2014 said:

no,i very like your design,
now making, and want to change eye to camera,
but this time,i just can support you to do this

crumstar on May 30, 2014 said:

ay im grump

crumstar on May 30, 2014 said:

im not so grump

7777773 on May 30, 2014 said:

Sad that Makerbot Made this necessary.

RoTorIT on May 29, 2014 said:


Soon to be leaving thingiverse because of Makerbot's behavior towards open source.

Details: http://www.fabbaloo.com/blog/2...

Nguechen on Apr 16, 2014 said:

this... is... awesome!!! =O!

eggy4567 on Apr 10, 2014 said:

pla or abs recomended (im not an expert on the plastics)

Geoffro on Mar 27, 2014 said:

I swear I am going to finish making mine one day! this is not a project for the beginner...

eggy4567 on Mar 13, 2014 said:

so f***in awesome would it work on a printrbot simple with a 4 inch cubed bed?

Horati0 on Mar 10, 2014 said:

its right out of Star Wars, stunning

Bzeeb on Mar 15, 2014 said:

You mean its right out of Portal (Portal 2) right?

JSchuler99 on Feb 20, 2014 said:

How would this work scaled to 90% size so it could print on an Up! mini with a 12 by 12 cm area.

theevilorverlord on Jan 9, 2014 said:

Beautiful work! Bravo

toms42 on Nov 24, 2013 said:

What print settings did you use? Also do you have a link/part number for the potmeters you used? Thanks!

dragonator on Nov 24, 2013 said:

I never understood the desire for people to share print settings, it is too varied per printer and settings can also be altered per part.

For the potmeters, I used this kind.w

dvell1 on Nov 1, 2013 said:

Does it insult you, or would I have to make it do that on my own?

dvell1 on Nov 1, 2013 said:

If I said this wasn't the coolest thing I've ever seen, I'd be lying.

idiotgrinvacumehead on Oct 24, 2013 said:

Superb! printing as i comment. Well done. Hats of to you.

coolarj10 on Oct 2, 2013 said:


CoolMan on Sep 23, 2013 said:

I'm 69999! Your GlaDOS is AWESOME!

Zedster on Sep 12, 2013 said:

i like this

CapybaraTECH on Aug 31, 2013 said:

I just ordered this from Shapeways!

Chef_Excellence on Aug 28, 2013 said:

"An Excellent AI."

-Chef Excellence

flintols on Aug 22, 2013 said:

I think this calls for a mashup with the Portal Gun http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

CapybaraTECH on Aug 22, 2013 said:

Yay! That's one of my favorite models of mine!

JohnJacobJingleHymerSchmit on Aug 22, 2013 said:

Are you going to hook it to a micro controller board and have it follow people around and react to them like that guy who made the interactive desk lamp ?

heteroerectus on Oct 1, 2013 said:

What interactive desk lamp are you talking about? Got a link?

dragonator on Aug 22, 2013 said:

No I'm not, I closed this project months ago. If you want to do something awesome like that with this lamp, you will have to do it yourself.

tutu on Aug 9, 2013 said:


Piinu on Aug 3, 2013 said:

absolutely nice real funny thing i like glados !

Pandatron on Jul 28, 2013 said:

You have tooooooooooooooooooo much time on your hands and it's FABULOUS.

rp209 on Jul 25, 2013 said:

Marvelous. Adnd functionally perfect!.

Creative_Hacker on Jun 29, 2013 said:

This is amazing! What printer did you use to print yours? and would a Reprap pull it off alright?

JerZ on Jun 29, 2013 said:

This print alone justifies the cost of an entire 3d printer. NICE.

msg85 on Jun 28, 2013 said:

This is a awesome lamp and I wish to produce this...I just have two questions if you are able to answer. First what setting did you use with regards to build layer thickness and infill. And did you have much difficulty removing the supports inside the Glados_Head_V1.1?

k014 on Jun 4, 2013 said:

i want to flattr this, how can I?

joeysimsen on May 13, 2013 said:

Awesome lamp! Any suggestions where I can print these parts in Holland?

dragonator on May 14, 2013 said:

There are plenty of fablab's in the Netherlands, there you might be able to print some. I can sell the parts to someone in the Netherlands, but only if and when I receive my UP printer.

Koking on May 9, 2013 said:

Can you post schematics for your wiring please?

dragonator on May 9, 2013 said:

What specifically do you want to see.

There are wires running from the head to the base. The wires are connected to the servo's and the eye led. In the base the wires have connectors per servo to connect them to the arduino. The arduino simply has 4 servo's and 4 potmeters connected to it (and some randomly placed capacitors to filter the power supply).

In my case there is a small junction in the base to connect to extension cables to the cables of glados.

What piece do you want more information about, cause most of this is either simple or user specific.

Avi on May 6, 2013 said:

Bloody Awesome!

shiver on May 1, 2013 said:

Best 3D print ever

Koking on Apr 26, 2013 said:

Does this include parts/construction of the controller for the moving Glados?

dragonator on Apr 26, 2013 said:

No, But I am willing to upload those. Bear in mind though that you will need very specific potentiometers to make it fit.

andrewupandabout on Apr 23, 2013 said:

Very impressive! Andrew (3dhacker.com)

anfroholic on Apr 16, 2013 said:

Sorry to see that you didn't win. I went to go vote for you but I was too late. Thanks for the epic design.

dragonator on Apr 17, 2013 said:

May I ask you why you think I didn't win? The best 10 win an UP!, and I'm with the best 10. Yes I am sure about that. So... Thank you all and source files and schematics are under the way.

IcanCwhatUsay on Apr 16, 2013 said:

What sourcery is this?

Pink_Iguanas on Apr 11, 2013 said:


Darthwahl on Apr 8, 2013 said:

Is there any chance you might put up a .zip with the Solidworks parts in it? I'm interested in modifying them to work on our SLS machine.

dragonator on Apr 9, 2013 said:

As seen in the instrucatbles Q&A, I will post all the source files the 15th of April. 6 more days.

yanniknelsontheonly on Apr 8, 2013 said:


makerblot on Apr 7, 2013 said:

This is awesome! Ill be making one and adding a motion sensor with sounds :)

thecrazy on Apr 6, 2013 said:


paulus on Apr 5, 2013 said:

Hmm, if only you could make it to mount CCTV camera, it will be very great...

athey on Apr 4, 2013 said:

Oh my gawd, this is amazing. You're amazing for sharing it. So awesome.

kspies on Apr 4, 2013 said:

What scale is this?

scifideluxe on Apr 4, 2013 said:

If you want to add servos and control them with your Android device look here:


LiquidBeef on Apr 4, 2013 said:

This is a triumph...

L45X55 on Apr 4, 2013 said:

I'm making a note here: huge success.

jasper2991 on Apr 4, 2013 said:

love it! this is awesome!
imagen, giving this thing some actual functions. like insults and movement tracker

agaruut on Apr 4, 2013 said:

man, this is so great. keep the good job.

Abnerbgross on Apr 4, 2013 said:

This is going to be the new lamp for my workshop


Abnerbgross on Apr 4, 2013 said:

This is going to be the new lamp for my workshop


RobTFirefly on Apr 3, 2013 said:

Oh. Hi. So. How are you holding up? BECAUSE I'M A LAMP.

yanniknelsontheonly on Apr 8, 2013 said:


andreas on Apr 3, 2013 said:

Great stuff man, really amazing - love it! And thanks for the video, really sells this Thing.

mcsdaver on Apr 1, 2013 said:

I am building this super cool model!!
Your GLaDOS looks amazing!

wpa71 on Apr 1, 2013 said:

Does it come with insults?

idolcrasher on Mar 31, 2013 said:

Expecting this to be featured any time now ;)

shiver on Mar 29, 2013 said:

WOW best 3d Print I've seen so far! Brilliant job!!!

pythonholum on Mar 25, 2013 said:

I voted for you :) Awsome job I think this will be on my todo list :)

moriza on Mar 22, 2013 said:

Wow, very cool!

thecrazy on Mar 22, 2013 said:


Makka on Mar 22, 2013 said:

Bacon for cad files!!

Makka on Sep 2, 2013 said:

seems i owe you Bacon sir! now that i have the solidworks files i might just go ahead and make one, i think if i do ill have to order a pixy cam for it. (http://www.kickstarter.com/pro... now that would be AWESOME!

JPH on Mar 21, 2013 said:

If I was a thief, broke in and saw that staring at me.
I would shit my pants.

+1 for vid

the amount of downloads speak for themselves.

AerinNight on Apr 3, 2013 said:

Even better if the lamp turned to look at you, switched on the light, and commented about how it didn't recognize you but you looked adopted and overweight.

Landru on Mar 21, 2013 said:

Would you mind uploading the source files?

dragonator on Mar 21, 2013 said:

Yes I would. After the UP! contest on instructables is done and judged (half April), I will post all of the source files in solidworks and step.

potatono on Mar 21, 2013 said:

You monster.

andyways on Mar 21, 2013 said:


Landru on Mar 21, 2013 said:

I know what I'm making next. I just happen to have some 80 oz-in titanium servos lying around as well...

GoingOffRoading on Mar 20, 2013 said:

+1 for vid!!

sergeantdutch on Mar 21, 2013 said:

Screw +1, we'd give him the internet!

jamesglanville on Mar 20, 2013 said:

That's so cool - have you got any videos of it moving?

dragonator on Mar 21, 2013 said:

That is the sad part. In the instructable I already explained this, but I
made this partially to be entered in the instructables UP! contest. I
was on a deadline. The electronics I designed weren't capable of
powering the servo's and the servo's themselves were not strong and
accurate enough for some axis. Stronger servo's are easily available,
But I passed my upload deadline by three days already.


No, there are no video's simply cause this thing doesn't (really) move. (only little bits in an experimental way)

Gav on Mar 20, 2013 said:

Simply amazing. Nice work!

xonegon on Mar 20, 2013 said: