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    Cool Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Hey everyone, figured I should finally share this project with you all. It has been in development on and off for about 1,5 year now. I got the idea while working on my previous project, the Tachikoma. In essence it is using an existing robotics kit and replacing the generic frame parts with extremely awesome looking bits. I was very lucky to pick up a cheap second hand Bioloid Premium and then the tinkering commenced. A quick overview with 3 images: sketch, 3D design, physical reality:

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    Some specs:
    - It takes 140 hours to print, at layer height 0.2 and 0.25 mm for small and large parts respectively.
    - It consists of 56 separately printed parts.
    - All the Bioloid Premium parts can be dropped in and connected (AX-12A, CM, battery etc).
    - Some range of motion has been sacrificed for cosmetic purposes.

    I'm looking in to doing something commercial with it, in combination with Open Hardware, making all the .stl and or the 3D engineering files available. Additionally I also want to improve the wiring with custom wire shielding by ordering some sleeving from moddiy.com.

    Some WIP images from various stages:

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    That looks awesome! The final thing looks a lot like the 3D model, too, which is a great sign :-)

    Did you verify mobility ranges and wiring in the 3D model before printing?

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    That looks awesome!
    Thank you!

    The final thing looks a lot like the 3D model, too, which is a great sign :-)
    I sure hope so, something would be very wrong indeed! 3D printing has a tolerance of about -/+ 0.15 mm in the X and Y directions so that is something to keep in mind when making parts that have to fit together.

    Did you verify mobility ranges
    Yes, I verified them during the design using joint assemblies in 3D. However, as mentioned I did have to sacrifice some range of motion for the looks of the robot. The generic bioloid parts have more range of motion, but not all of it is really needed in my opinion.

    and wiring in the 3D model before printing?
    Where possible I compared with a still partly assembled Bioloid Premium model on how the wires go. The thing that proved challenging and which I am still working on is the torso area where everything comes together with the controller. For improved integration I plan on making cables to custom lenghts and running them through the 3D printed parts. This will clean up the model and will make sure no wires snag on to something during movement.

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Sounds like a good approach.
    What software are you using?

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Since the end of the Tachikoma project I am running with Fusion 360. It's a new piece of software from Autodesk. The reason it is called Fusion is because it allows for both shape like parametric modelling and the more straight forward solid modelling. It's free for hobbyist and small businesses. Aside from the modelling features is also has integrated CAD/CAM CNC tooling and integration with 3D print utilities. For teamwork it allows project invites and it has a sort of Git like system for version control. I really like it.

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Dude that looks great. Like a Gundam.

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    I really like those models! I think it would be great to see some of those parts illuminated
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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Any updates on this? Would be cool to see it in action.

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Quote Originally Posted by _ADAM_ View Post
    Any updates on this? Would be cool to see it in action.
    Thanks Adam.

    I pretty much finished printing all the parts, but I ran out of M2 bolts during assembly. They should arrive any day now. Once I have that, it will be standing up on it's own. No movements/software routines yet though.

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    Re: Z-363 Spectre 3D Printed Body for Bioloid Premium

    Annnnddd... done. For now anyway.

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