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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Yeah, his photos are always top-notch, flat light, great depth, super-clean, rock solid macro focus... Kinda like his bots. They look magazine/catalog ready every time, don't they? I +rep'd and raised ya a box as well, not just for sharing that battery mounting method (which is right up my alley) and the bot itself, but also for the photo quality. Thanks for pointing that out, Meta. They were so nice I didn't even really think about how much was invested in photographing them.

    I don't take that kinda time for my photos here generally, but I'm an avid photographer. I would love to see you write a tutorial on photographing this stuff. Although I know the techniques, I'm just too lazy.
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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Thanks for your kind words about mine pictures Metaform and Andrenalynn!!

    I'm using a rather "old" Olympus E-500 dSLR camera for all pictures with a 50 mm macro lens and using two old manual flashes (OM T-32), a white umbrella with one of the flash, background using a white roller-curtain (is that the right word ), a reflector on the other side and shooting the other flash up to the ceiling.

    This an old picture of my photo-setup:



    This is not a very expensive equipment. I bought the T32 flash on ebay for about 50 $ each.

    -Zenta

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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Definitely please consider writing a tutorial. When I'm shooting product shots I use soft-boxes with modeling lights. I like your umbrella reflector/flash configuration - it's "cheap" and easy. I'm surprised you get enough light with a white umbrella - but your light is certainly very modeled in your photos. Do you post-process at all to bring the light level and detail up? Is that foam-core you're using as a reflector on the other side? Love how it's just leaning on the tripod!

    Sorry - way OT. Please do consider a tutorial on your setup!
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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    man you don't do anything half arsed do you? Not only are your projects truly inspiring, but your pics/setup are amazing as well

    -Crabfu

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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Definitely please consider writing a tutorial.
    I'll do that when I find time for it...
    Both flashes shoot at GN32 so there are plenty of light. Short explained settings for camera: ISO100, shutter 1/160 sec and aperture F8 to F9 (gives you good DOF (Depth Of Field). JPEG from camera, no post process, only croping and saving for web format using photoshop.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Is that foam-core you're using as a reflector on the other side?
    Correct, its foam-core.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Love how it's just leaning on the tripod!
    For that I'm using some manfrotto equipment: Super Clamp + Magic arm w/bracket. The Foam-core plate are mounted to the bracket. I just love the magic arm, its very useful not only for photo...

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    Thanks for your comment Crabfu!

    -Zenta

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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Truly Beautifull Zenta!

    Love your work always nice to see. Can't wait to see it move

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    Zenta,

    Once again you have gone over the top! Keep up the good work. Cant wait to see what you do next.

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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Thanks for your comments Sam and HakBot!

    I'm glad you liked it.
    For the time I'm working/fighting with all the servo wires, they are almost driving me crazy . So the progress are a bit slow. Very many of the wires need extension since all electronics are placed in the abdomen. Maybe I should placed the battery inside the abdomen instead? Anyway, I'm not gonna change my mind about that now...

    I'll post more pics when I'm finished with all the wires.

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    Adding sensor to mandible.

    Hi,
    I've been working with the mandibles and I had to do some modifications. The original low profile servos are replaced by standard size servos, simply because the low profile servo seemed not to be strong enough. Meaning that I had to make a new set of mandibles and also a new head-plate.
    In this post I'll explain how I've tried to solve the sensor part for the mandibles. I feel that pictures says more than 1000 words, so therefore I'll post some pictures with a few comments.

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    This picture is a little overview of all parts I used for adding sensor to one mandible:



    Custom made spacers:



    This picture demonstrate how the spacers are going to be mounted to the servo:



    And here is a picture of how the mandible are going to be mounted:



    Another view:



    I'm guessing you've already understood the simple principle here
    As you can see I've also added a soft foamrubber(?) to the mandible to make the grip more solid.

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    Re: A-pod, an ant inspired hexapod

    Truly amazing, I love that design...

    -Fergs

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