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Theo Jansen Walking Mechanism III

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Theo Jansen Walking Mechanism III by Murxomatic Mar 26, 2014
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This is the third attempt to rebuild the mechanism of Theo Jansens "strandbeests". Although the mechanism seems to work flawlessly I did not have time (this was a very short termed school project) to work out a proper construction plan for the joints consisting of screws, bolts, square as well as round metal tubes. Due to the shortage of time I unfortunately had to cancel this project and could only print out four of the six legs I intended to build.
Please note: this model is still work in progress and optimized to be built with m4 hex-head screws.


In the file "Composition Prototype III.pdf" you can see how the legs are put together.

To get a stable walk the mechanism requires at least 6 legs, of which always two are held together by the two different camshafts (0° and °120). So you need to print all parts - except the camshafts - twice in order to get one pair of legs.

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Hey there! Is it possible to upload 2D svg or dxf files? It seems like this could be built with a lasercutter as well? Thanks! :)

sorry man, I used the .amf to prepare the cura file as far as possible (you can import them to many softwares by drag and drop). I uploaded the .stl files now but you will have to rotate and dublicate all files (except the camshafts, see instruction) in order to get all the pieces you need to build a 6-legged construction.

Please what is an amf file? Could you supply stl files for those of us with open sourced 3D printers?