Robots that walk with 6 feet are called hexapods. A robot with 3 and more legs is more stable in terms of balance. The Hexapod has a very flexible mobility with 6 legs. Hexapods have a wide variety of leg designs. Some of these resemble spiders and others resemble Scorpions.
We listed best 10 open source hexapod robots projects in this article.
Best 10 Open Source Hexapod robot projects
The criteria we take into consideration in hexapod robots are as follows:
- It must be completely open source
- It must be an original feature.
- It should be published on trusted web source.
1Arduino Ant Hexapod Robot
This project really deserves to be in charge of my list. Dejan shares great projects on his site. Arduino Ant Hexapod Robot project is one of them. Moreover, how each project is done is detailed in the Youtube video. The project’s ready-made parts drawings for the 3D printer are also available on the subject. Arduino codes were also shared on the subject.
This Ant Hexapod Robot works with arduino. It can be controlled by mobile phone. With the obstacle sensor in front of it, it can also change its movements according to the obstacle in front of it.
2Kris Temmerman’s open sourca hexapod project
One of the things you need to know when you’re making a hexapod is how a spider or insect walks. There is a concept called kinematics in robotics. One of the best aspects of this project is the beautiful expression of kinematic.
The negative side of the project is that servo motors are very expensive. You can also adapt this project to low-budget servo motors.
- Github page | Cad files: 1 2
3Linkit Hexapod Ver 2.1
Linkit can be controlled via android and ios platforms. Download links, source codes and construction stages of 3D parts were shared on the website. Linkit is a completely open source hexapod robot project. The best part of this project is continuous updating. Linkit does not use a ready-made platform such as arduino. It has its own electronic circuit, and pcb files have also been shared on the Github page.
4Hexapod Robot by Markwtech
This hexapod robot is inspired by the PhantomX AX, which sold for $1,300. The Thingverse page has 3D drawing files. Arduino Mega 2560 was used as a microcontroller in the project. Arduino codes are also available on source sites, and the project cost about $200. It can be controlled with the Hexapod PS2 controller. There is also information about this on the site.
5Ez Arduino Hexapod Robot
It’s a hexapod project with a very compact design. It’s a completely open source project. You can control game controls or via an android phone. HuaDuino was used in this hexapod project. This board is a board compatible with Arduino Nano. The best part is you don’t need expensive servo motors to make this hexapod. You can carry out this project with the most affordable servo motors on the market.
6Hexdrake – Arduino Homemade Hexapod Robot
Hexdrake is an arduino-based hexapod robot. His legs are made of wood. 14 servo motors used. The project also explained how the joystick was made. The materials used are cheap and easy to find. This hexapod robot can also be controlled with an accelerometer module.
7Arduino Mega Hexapod by Davidhend
This Arduino based Hexapod robot is controlled using PS2 wireless controller. My favorite feature is that it can track objects. The Robot used arduino mega. Pixy camera was also used for object tracking. If you don’t want object tracking, you can rule out some of the materials.
8PoorKame quadruped robot
In fact, technically, this robot is not a hexapod robot. But hexapod can do a lot of things robots can do. Moreover, much less material is being used. NodeMCU is used as a controller in PoorKame. The site has 3D parts, source codes, circuit diagrams.
9Hexy the Hexapod – $168,267 Kickstarter project
Hexy started as a Kickstarter project in 2013. And he’s been pretty successful. Now ArcBotics is selling Hexy kits. Also, since it is open source, every information is available on the site.
Sales Page | KickStarter Page | Github
10Vorpal Educational Hexapod Robot – $38,355 Kickstarter project
Vorpal is an old Kickstarter project. Their materials are produced with a 3D printer. Vorpal is controlled by Bluetooth. My favorite part about Vorpal designed as a robot that can be used in children’s education. The coding section uses MIT’s Scratch (drag-and-drop) programming language. In fact, standard arduino components were used. It’s completely open source.
Thingverse | KickStarter Page | Github
In this article, we shared the top 10 hexapod robot projects with all open source code. When creating this list, we made sure that robots have different characteristics. It was also an important criterion for us that the costs of robots on our list were low. Many hexapod robots that could enter our list were unable to enter due to high costs or difficulty accessing their materials.
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