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Robo Kitty v1.0

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Robo Kitty v1.0 by Geoffro Mar 16, 2015


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Update Feb 2017
Put this one on hold for a bit sorry guys, I will get back to the updates as soon as I can get the time for personal projects again.

Robokitty V2.0 is due very soon. I am really hoping to get it done by end of June, just alot of paid projects that are taking time that have to take priority over kitty :(
Development on this Kitty has not ceased, if anything it's miles ahead. I have not posted an update for a while because of the amount that I have done to it now. So many opening compartments, all joints have been done, now I am just working on tolerances so people can print this as easily as possible no matter what printer you have.

There are several new heads, 4 new torso's with different features, hands now rotate inside the cuffs too.

I got down to the fingers and decided.. hey- why not just do it all, so the fingers are also getting snap fit joints so they can be manipulated.

Featured on 3DPrint.com:

**You will need to glue the neck to the head, but the neck slots into the body freely so it can rotate.

If anyone has ever used a program called Poser, they possibly played with a model called Robo Kitty by Sanctum art, released in about 2009. This low poly rigged figure, while ideal for poser was never really designed nor intended for 3D printing, but I have had a burning desire to rectify that and spend several weeks turning a solid low poly object , a high res prototype toy. I have put on hold many of my other projects to focus a bit on RK... I would like to make my next few uploads additions to him, like all the joints working. For now I have fused the parts. His head and arms are moveable.

"Why didn't you complete the joints?"
Because it takes alot of time. The legs are tricky, they are not typical legs, they have 2 ball joints plus a rotating joint below the thigh, so it's taking me some time to get it right. The elbow joints as you can see are not easy either. That's two interlocking discs with 'nipples' in the centre to lock them in place.


In the spirit of letting people have things before they are actually completey finished (i.e instead of a teaser image and no files to download !) here is Robo Kitty for you to at least print version 1.0. After alot of sweat and tears, here he is. .. now its down to things like making all the joints moveable and other misc things.

I will add the remix option in the very near future don't worry, just let me finish what I need to and save you some headaches by un-welding the legs.

Before commenting, I am already aware of the following...

  1. The tail does not fit in the socket well and yes it needs to be glued.
  2. The arm sockets DO fit in the joints but are fairly loose, meaning the arms will naturally fall to the side after alot of movement and things are not so tight.
  3. The elbows don't move, yet.
  4. The knees don't move, yet.
  5. I designed the neck pivot specifically with that taper on it, no its not a mistake. When you turn his head, because of the taper it pushes and lifts the chin upward, so when you move the head side to side it moves in an arc with Kitty looking upward at each side rotation. I plan on putting a ball joint in the neck on the next update for a much better movement.

Please read the instructions for printing tips...


I printed my sample at 0.2mm in Grey ABS. I used this because it sands very well, and does not overheat like PLA can when sanding it.

The models are pretty high res, It requires little sanding, I just wanted a nice smooth finish as I was really aiming to push what can come out of my printer, and I have to say probably has to be one of the favourite things so far produced.

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Is Robo Kitty 2.0 still coming out? :)

nice models, congrats.

before I start to print ... does it require supports ? and if the items as-is in STL are optimized to be placed as-is to the platform or there is a need to rotate those.

Thanks, waiting with patience your answers :-)

Did you ever finish robo kitty 2.0?

wow that's awesome, It reminds of of Gato from Chrono trigger a Robot kitten as well, you should model Gato it's awesome!

I inserted some thin metal rods into the leg and arm joints using a pin vice, then covered the ball joins in transparent nail polish to tighten the joints. This seemed to allow movement without the ball joints slipping too much. i look forward to Robo Kitty 2.0!

I'm kinda noticing how similar this is to the panda bots from the wargame infinity...

I might have just saved myself $20+!

I'm making this now- A little nervous mine won't come out good or I will some how mess it up. However, the body came out nicely and so did the eyes. Right now the head is printing. What an amazing creator!

Do you glue the sockets in?

I got my printer fixed just in time! Gen one and 2 can hang out together...

Hey, what material did you use to paint/colorize this?

Printed in Grey ABS, it has 2 undercoats of matte black and then just hand brushed ordinary acrylic paints, nothing special :)

Further comments :) i eventually worked out the head/neck.
I found the underside of the knees sliced oddly with cura. Probably a problem between the keyboard and chair there.
you may wish to consider rotating the angle of the arms for the final print. i found that at their current rotation, support was needed everywhere which for me, needs a lot of sanding.
socket parts will need glueing on my print, but the shoulders fit the sockets perfectly.
Is actually the hips that went wibbly after some movement on my print.
I will be basing robo kitty because i find the feet don't give me enough surface area to balance. yet to decide if im pinning him on one foot, or on both feet.
pics of the "straight print" coming once i pick out a base suitable for a robokitty

overall.. an amazing "version one"

thanks, im currently doing all the joints now, so there will be no set pose, all parts will print seperate and you can pose it however you wish! Elbows are printing now for their test, if that goes well I rework the rest of the joints. The hips are last on my list, they are going to be fun... :/

and by fun, we mean"ow my internal organs"
Went with a quick and dirty print of http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:511204 for my base. Holds him beautifully

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Do i place the neck taper forwards or backwards on the neck? I cant quite work it out. Currently printing in white ABS with the intention of a very flamboyant paint job afterwards

The taper goes in at the chest side, so at the front.

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The parts that are difficult to print, you could try splitting them in half rather than printing them as is with supports. The seam of both halves would be covered too from the painting of the print.

As Vivanhood would say to me, Patience Grasshopper...

Very expressive indeed! I can't wait to see more. I've always toyed with the idea of making a robot kitty with the personality of my favorite pet, as if that would be possible ;).

hey, they way technology is going... who knows! we can only hope... I'm pretty cat obsessed!

Fantastic. I'm going to print for a friend's birthday. I'll upload a pic when done.

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Are there no moderators here anymore?? /fml.

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Very nice! A cute model which seems to have been sculpted perfectly.

Movable, not movable, your sculpting/modeling is as always very impressive.