Printable Modular Robot (PMR)
We created a set of very cheap (~25€ p.p.) modules to be printed on any standard 3D-printer. The modules are driven by RC-servos, controlled by Arduino-Nano boards and connected via magnetic interfaces.
The modules can be dynamically reassembled during operation and the robot automatically detects changes in it’s topology, including the pitch/yaw orientation of every module.
For technical details, please take a look into the paper [PDF] thar has been published at the CLAWAR conference 2014 in Poznan, [Slides] are also available.
Additionally, there is a Video from the ICRA tutorial 2014, available on Youtube.
If you are interested to work with our design or code, please use the Github repositorys for:
- the hardware design (.stl and .scad files) https://github.com/TAMS-Group/pmr-model
- the C source code we created to operate the snake https://github.com/TAMS-Group/pmr-code
You can also find the stl files on Thingiverse.