Mecanum Wheel Rover

by Madox, published

Mecanum Wheel Rover by Madox Dec 18, 2010

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Mecanum wheels designed to fit onto low-cost ($3.40!) continuous rotation servos for a low cost rover/robot platform (less than $25?).

New video : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QE9Zacy5AdE
Newer Video with Chumby+iPhone+Android Love : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB-6qN8dbVQ

Spraying on some "Plasti-Dip" seems to have improved traction greatly :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-33-aXVN8e0


Detailed instructions, photos and videos moved to :-


Additional file uploaded (servobrackettest.stl) which has the dimensions and holes for mounting the servos onto a frame of your choice using the supplied self tapping screws. They screw well into printed ABS plastic.

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very very cool ???????????? Would you share your Android and Arduino projects as well?? woiud love to rebuild this buddy ! greetings, Martin

This is great.

My tiny Thing-o-matic is too tiny to print all 4 at one shot - how can I split the file into 4 separate wheels? Or is it possible to put a raw cad file up for editing?

Thanks for sharing!

Hi, do you have Alibre? Alternatively I can split up the files and upload it

Did you see the slightly improved version : http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5681http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

I'll update that one with separate Hubs and Rollers.

Mecanum Wheel Rover 2
by Madox

Congratulations your work are very interest in all do you do.

J 8-)

Oh oh I found the video where I got the basic form/idea from :-


No I haven't before, but looking at those photos do I truly appreciate the quality of the Up! printer...

Another idea for a large wheel (same as Thing 2473) would be o use entire all printed parts with A and B rollers that snap into each another. e.g. http://www.madox.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/DSC03197A.jpghttp://www.madox.net/blog/wp-c.... You could almost forgo bearing if you drill out the holes cleanly :) [Was my ori
ginal plan until I reduced the scale forcing me to change to using M3 bolts and bearings as the ABS was too weak when they're that thin]

"...looking at those photos do I truly appreciate the quality of the Up! printer..."


I never got around to that post. I just hope I didn't sound too arrogant owning a nice printer.

The Up! has its imperfections too and I think the imperfections are what makes these printers great.

The home 3D Printing scene in my view is to spur creativity and thinking, with a perfect printer you just need to draw and print. We end up losing the practical engineering skills of the real wor
ld, the cater for tolerances and design constraints. Simply put, an imperfect printer helps prepare the younger generation for the real world. A perfect printer just spoils you and spoils the fun.

//I always think of a post apocalyptic world where skills to rebuild from scratch will be needed....

The MakerBot prints. The Dimension uPrint ones were pretty good. Though I do admire the MakerBot's imperfection... I'm writing an essay/post on why that's good.

Awesome idea!

Can't wait to build one. :-D

Just bought a 3.5" Infocast @ BestBuy!

$49.99 Sale Price? Awesome price isn't it?

Uploaded the Hubs and the Rollers... don't know why the rollers come out at that angle... rotate it back to 'flat' before printing...

Fantastic, and look a bit like cute octopusES, haha ;)

Looks Awesome! Are you making a robot, RC, or combination of both?


A Chumby (Insignia Infocast 3.5") will sit on top of this and act as the controller. Then it'll be Wifi controllable via iPhone
amp; Android phones, but could also add sensors and make it autonomous.

Will update all the files once I get the Infocast :P Bought for $49 from Best Buy, don't want to use my nice Chumby Ones hehe

They look really nice. :)