Shawn Pierce's Course Project

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The Robot's Design

I have been calling my robot "The Manticore". It gets its name from the fearsome beast which has the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion, and the wings of a bat (only much larger). While my robot does not have wings or a poisonous tail, it will have a stride that I imagine is much like that of the Manticore.

The Manticore


By: Britt Martin

Here are some of the photos I have taken so far:

An Early View of the Frame

Early frame.JPG

This shows the two motor setup I am using. One thing that I have already noticed, as I uploaded this image, is that I will need another gear to reverse the motion of the hind legs.

A Top-down View of the Body


Not too shabby...

A Diagonal View of the Body


Getting there...


Week 1

Researching possible robot designs, building with LEGOS™, and taking pictures.

Week 2

The current robot consists of a body which makes use of two motors that will power two legs each. I am using a locomotive type of motion to allow the legs to walk. Early on I realized that I will have to stagger the rate at which each leg touches the ground, so that it will be able to walk in stead of stand in place and gyrate its body.

I am working on powering the motors using an older Lego system that predates the Mindstorm kits, but still uses the same connectors.

Week 3

This week I am hoping to finish up the robot by making a few adjustments on the body, and then by adding its legs.

I also hope to begin assembling a CAD model as soon as the physical assembly is complete.

To be continued...

Interesting Links

Snake robots

Samuel L. Jackson's finest

Interesting Lego Modeling Program