Even since I first saw the Festo Aquajelly I’ve wanted to make one of my own. With the arrival of our brand new Flash Forge 3D printer…. this week seemed like the right time to start prototyping.
If you haven’t ever seen the Festo Jelly, I advise you to check out the video below. This company inspires me. They sell fancy pneumatic parts and actuators but for shits and grins they make amazing robots that mimic the organic movement of animals. I mean, in a fantasy I’d come stay at their headquarters and make things with their parts for days on end…but who that I know of wouldn’t?
I sat down earlier this week and drew up some parts in Sketchup. With a couple of revisions I made this jelly skeleton. It took about an hour to print one set of arms (I needed six total). So at around midnight last night I was able to assemble the whole thing. Below is one set of arms :
Three sets of arms :
Before heading to SYN Shop for robot night tonight I added some thin strips of white ABS to the exterior to simulate the skin…. just to get an idea of how the things works mechanically once all the parts were attached to each other….
I have no idea how I’m going to actuate this thing yet… but we’ll figure it out in the next week. Wish me luck!
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I’m a massive fan of the Festo robots and the RoboJelly is one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing this project, I look forward to seeing the finshed results.
I was taking my first class in kinetic sculpture in college. When one of my friends from the class visited my dorm room and saw that the stuffed animal on my bed was a jellyfish, they immediately went to my laptop and introduced me to Festo on youtube. The jelly was an instant favorite. =]
I know what you mean, I love the bird too and Oh, that Dragonfly? I once saw one of the penguins flying around an exhibition. *Sigh* I need to start building too!
Have you seen the sister of Festo RoboJelly?
Yes! I love this one too >.< I considered mimicking it mechanically… but decided the other design would work better for the size I'm going with. =D
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