Squidword is a scratch built robot that has been building up inside me for a while. I was looking for a way to satisfy two needs. One is that I wanted a competent humanoid, and the other was to make a bracket system that I could use pretty much universally for all future walkers. I missed the boat with the humanoid. It was simply too heavy for the class of servos that I had on hand. As for the bracket system, I believe that squidword is testimony to its success.
I built a stand for Squidword. It really helps out with creating the gates. I didn't think I would have to do any welding when I got into walkers, but I got out old sparky and got to work. The stand is sturdy as heck...So check it out. I'll post the plans on how to make it for anyone interested in making a squidword. Its made using 1 1/4 inch square tube and extruded aluminum.
There are only a few basic types of bracket in the system. Double servo brackets, single servo brackets, and several types of hinges. Using the bracket system I can make servo brackets for as little as a dollar a pound for aluminum.
This project submission is three part. I’ve uploaded the PDF files for making this robot, as well as a tutorial on how to build this robot. I'm also working on MAX based software that anyone can use to control a robot using an SSC-32. I've already uploaded the base program. The software I am currently working on expands that so that a person can make a series of walk cycles and store them in the software calling them up later.
One thing that really excites me about squidword is that he is completely symetrical. I can use that so that by simply assigning the legs different values I can adapt any walk cycle to make him walk in almost any direction.
I had to make some changes to the software, and it took me a while to solve a couple of problems. The software has a bunch of dials each connected to a servo. You can set the position of the dials, and store them as a part of a sequence. Then you can select a counter which will step through the sequenced poses...creating a gate.
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