Open Source Design Lets Anyone Create A Cheap 3D Printed Robot

Open Source Design Lets Anyone Create A Cheap 3D Printed Robot

French artist Gael Langevin is building ‘InMoov,’ a humanoid robot, and posting the plans online for anyone else to create it for under $1,000.

Emma Hutchings
  • 28 january 2013

French artist Gael Langevin is building an open source life-size robot that people can 3D print at home. ‘InMoov‘ is a humanoid robot and it’s individual parts can all be printed using an inexpensive machine.

Open Source Plan Lets Anyone Build A 3D Printed, Life Size Animatronic Robot For $1000

As Langevin completes each section of the robot, he posts the designs on Thingiverse for anyone else to create their own identical robot for under $1,000 with ABS plastic, Arduino boards, and motors. He also has an online log with instructions for building the robot.

Open Source Plan Lets Anyone Build A 3D Printed, Life Size Animatronic Robot For $1000

CNN reports that InMoov is a work-in-progress, which Langevin has been developing in his spare time. It currently has a head, arms, hands, and a torso. He told them:

It’s about as difficult as assembling a cupboard from IKEA… I’ve also posted some programming instructions — so you can make it respond to voice-activated commands. It can grab hold of things, tilt its head and move its arms around in various ways … and when I get around to building some legs, that’s when things will get really interesting.

You can see the robot in action in the video below:



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