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el sapatero

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 1st video - First test with the polymorph structure











 2nd video - A quick test drive








“el sapatero” came with this great challenge in mind, and I wanted to build something really nonsense.. and started to play with stuff I have, and my wife appear with this silly boots made out of recycled card. This card boots(?) are used inside shoes to keep their original shape and I knew in that precise moment that I have to use them! :)

and the video for the challenge: http://letsmakerobots.com/node/8630

This was the first layout. I thought that I could build some kind of a walker… but I was wrong :D

This is a motor plug made with polymorph..

Polymorph plugged into the motor and with a plastic bit.. (can’t explain this in english)  lol

The polymorph structure was shaped in a way that gives fully support to the card boots.

This is the circuit, I wanted to try other non conventional PCB materials, and this time I tried with acrylic. I kinda like it.. its different…  but not an easy task..  I don’t know how many hours I spent with this..






It was a great disapointment when I saw that only the body spins.. and the boots remained still.


So I have to create another polymorph structure to give some traction to the entire system.









And the final result  :)



I used hotglue to reinforce the card. And this makes a cool accoustic sound coming from the boots  :)

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Nice one guibot.

Very realistic . enjoyed the contest compliation too..

Just an idea (something i will try this summer - got loads of time) .....

........ take the PolyMorph wheels (by the way im impressed by the Polywork but not by its roundness :-) put them in an oven and carfully watch untill they start going seethrough -- find a large open clean floor and let it roll around free untill it cools down - by my calculation maybe it will round off the corners......

 That seems to be a good idea, I also just discovered lately that I can use a hairdrier to retouch the polymorph..  :-)

To be roundness was not an issue, to have a perfect ring I should have started by making it perfect with the wire before applying the polymorph..


I aspire to nonsense. I think the more obscure and undefined the function of anything, the better it is.

Under this criteria then, your creation is magnificent- I have no idea what it does!.

However, I love the cardboots. keep them away from water I think - although you could always replace them with paper mache if you need to - then coat them with some cheap laquer or pvc glue.

But the real reason I'm posting is that I'm very interested in your pcb - how did you do that? did you just drill all the holes and freeform the connections? great idea, I might steal it.


Thank you for your words  :-)

The acrylic pcb is just like the paper pcb but a bit more complicated because it tends to melt with the solder iron so you have to be quick with your solderings. Go for it, steal the ideia, make your own designs, improve the technic, I will love to see it  :-)

Cool. You can just tell it's a guibot-bot by the design! :)