Shack Bot

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Shack Bot by MakerBot Nov 21, 2012

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A posable action figure robot with flashing electronic eyes! This is a fun multi-media project seen in the December 2012 issue of WIRED.

Here's how it works:
Buy the necessary electronic components from RadioShack (grab a copy of WIRED to learn more!), download and make the parts listed below, and go find a standard bubble capsule from a coin-operated vending machine for the dome.

Modeling by Todd; circuit design by Andres.


  1. Trim away pads from claws.
  2. Solder circuit together as seen in the diagram.
  3. Slide in battery pack into place.
  4. Take off the red cap and then remove the nuts and washers from the end of the switch.
  5. Put the switch inside the body and poke it out through the hole in the front.
  6. Slip the switch cross beam into place so that the switch stays in place.
  7. Press red cap into M button and snap onto the switch.
  8. Orient the circuit board's holes line up with the holes in the body.
  9. Slide the LEDs through the holes in the collar.
  10. Screw the collar-circuitboard-body assembly together using the screws
  11. Snap the clear plastic dome on top.
  12. Snap claws onto hands. Some force may be required to get it to snap into place, but the result is a nice gripping claw.
  13. Press pin into left shoulder of body, and attach into left upper arm.
  14. Press pin into left upper arm, and attach into left elbow.
  15. Press pin into left hand and attach to left elbow.
  16. Repeat for right arm.
  17. Attach left boot to left ankle using pin.
  18. Repeat for right boot.

For best results, we recommend the following settings.

Infill: 5%
Layer Height: 200 microns (0.20 mm)
Shells: 2

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This circuit built with 2 NPN transistor, 4 resistors, 2 capacitors and 2 LEDs works fine.


I know this is a bit old now but I would love to make it. Anyone know where to get the instructions/schematic?

Love the idea of using a capsule as an integral part of a toy. Great idea!

since this is years-old now, can you add the wiring diagram into the files for this? (I have no way of getting a copy of a 2012 editiion of Wired...)

The instructions I found are text only and are lacking the schematic. Anyone have a copy of it? The link in the comments that go to radioshackdiy 404.

Thanks for sharing this amazing design, just in the process of making one, will pop down to my local supermarket to look for the dome.

Instead of going to a vending machine you can also use the cup of a hairspray can as dome. Andrelon hairsprayfix fits perfectly.

I need a way to attache the button if I decide not to wire up one of them. . .

I don't see a diagram.

The clear plastic dome is a standard AA capsule from a regular vending machine capsule.  The step-by-step guide will be posted at http://radioshackdiy.com/light-upshackbotradioshackdiy.com/light-upshac...

Is the clear plastic dome similar to one of those containers found in a certain brand of chocolate egg?

There are no dimensions or STL etc.  :-(