Heathkit Hero 1 Gripper

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Heathkit Hero 1 Gripper by Swindon-Makerspace Mar 30, 2013
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Firstly, thanks to Gyrobot for designing and printing these out.

Heath Company began the HERO 1 project in October 1979. The first units were available in 1982. This is a real blast from the past and a credit to the technology available at the time. The R2D2 of its day.
This is an stl for a replacement gripper jaw on the end of the robotic arm. This gripper was printed off for the Heathkit at the Museum of Computing in Swindon.


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I have been repairing and maintaining robots for many years now, usually through hobbled together pieces or through amateur attempts at casting, but I just got my first 3d printer about a month ago. I just acquired an ET-18 a few months ago that needed a few repairs, included a broken grip. I thought I was going to have to model one myself, but I am so happy to find this one here! Thank you so much!

Do you know if anyone has STL files for the body panels?

We didn't design or print out the body panels, since the body panels were undamaged on ours. Sadly, I can't even offer to help with measurements, as we no longer have easy access to the Hero -- it's at the Museum of Computing.

Is it your robot? I just bought two of them, and I'm finding very little in the way of documentation. I'm planning on making a few THINGS for mine.

Hi, no it's not my Robot, it's owned by the "Museum of Computing" in Swindon, UK. However I do have access to it and the manuals. If you want to purchase any of the manuals then try : http://www.hero-1.com/Broadband/manuals.htmhttp://www.hero-1.com/Broadban...

What a blast from the past!