Bubble Bot

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Bubble Bot by MakerBot Jun 5, 2012
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Bubble Bot
(bullae ex machina)

Bubble Bot’s name is actually a misnomer. Bubble Bots are not robots, but sophisticated Dry Land Exploration Craft (DLEC) built and piloted by an unidentified race of aquatic organisms. The pilot’s eyes can usually be seen glowing inside the bot’s domed cockpit. Bubble Bot is covered in sophisticated sensors tuned to detect mechanical organisms in our unique, waterless atmosphere. When startled the Bubble Bot’s pilot releases a stream of distracting bubbles to cover his escape.

Created by Todd Blatt (zenix) and Adam Fontenault (adamfont)


This project is... difficult. If you're adventurous go ahead. It requires about 50 hours of printing, lots of soldering, tinkering with arduino code, moving internal parts, and other electronics work.

Check out BubbleBot_Assembly.pdf for build information.

-Todd Blatt (zenix) & Adam Fontenault (adamfont)

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So I'm in the process of ordering some parts to build the whole zoo and I've figured out most of the parts needed for all the bots but the bubblebot instructions are lacking some detail. I was hoping for a little clairfication to make it easier to build.

Servo Motor Reccomendation? I'm not sure what physical form factor the slot was made for.

Castor? Easy enough to make one but I wanted to know if you have a specific one in mind for this.

IR Sensor? It looks like a limit IR switch in the drawings but I'm not sure.

BubbleGun? Make/model you wer
e using?

What software was used to design these little monsters ?

I made most of the parts for BubbleBot with AutoCAD. Adam made parts like the eye and the wings in Modo.

Love it! Any chance you could post a video of it doing some exploring?

http://youtu.be/x2Z2B4enuFchttp://youtu.be/x2Z2B4enuFc is the MakerBot TV episode where we talk about us building the bots.

Searching 'robot petting zoo' on Google will let you see several videos! Hope you can make it out to Maker Faire NY!