Robot Saddle

by LucidOne, published

Robot Saddle by LucidOne Nov 8, 2010

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This is Thing-a-Month #11, previous things can be found here
or here

This weeks months thing is a saddle for a Hexbug robot, so that they can be ridden by Lego Minifigs.

More information and the HEXNINJA movie can be found here.

Print and enjoy.


Print and ride! The notop version might be reprapable/makerbotable if you glue a 2x2 plate to it. Let me know if you try!

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Just printed a couple for my kids using the studs-up orientation scaled to 1.05 as described here. Works great. Thanks!

wow havent seen those black and grey ninjas in over a decade .. i remember having the ninja castle as a child lol good times

Printed the saddle with Rep 5 in given size in PLA, had to clean around the knobs. Good tight fit around the hexbug. Minifig sticks perfectly to the knobs.

I printed the saddle but upscaled it by 1.05 and printed it with the LEGO nubs up. It made a little mess underneath which was easy to clean up and the LEGO figure sits on it nicely. It's like a little rodeo he hangs on for a few minutes then falls off after a while. My kids are loving it.

Nice. I printed this way too. The studs print very cleanly this way. I needed a raft because otherwise so little of the part was in contact with the print bed that the hotend knocked the print out of place.

Printed one with a DC motor MK5 and support material. LEGO dude barely hangs on, but it works!

I can't generate G-code for this STL.

It uploaded to Shapeways fine, so it should be manifold.

What are you using to generate the g-code?
Which orientation are you trying?

using a Makerbot cupcake mk5. Generating G-code with replicatorG 24 / skeinforge.

I'm using the Hexbug_saddle.stl, and it's oriented on it's side.

you can fix it by using slic3r.

See if hexbug_saddle_notop.stl works.

I think you need support material to print the one with the top.