DIY Walkers: The TrotBot walking mechanism

img_4529I was part of the team that developed the TrotBot linkage mechanism in LEGO, and then helped to scale it up to the size of a minivan.

We gained a ton of knowledge from the scale-up and Iโ€™ve taken many of the improvements that we made at minivan scale back to LEGO, which really improved my builds.

Here are a couple examples:

I’ve posted detailed plans on how I built TrotBot, along with some of the engineering insights that helped me to improve it here.

Iโ€™ve also started to post a few challenge questions of the type we had to answer to design and build TrotBot. I hope you or your students give them a go! You can find them in my blog.

I hope you find this useful and inspiring.

Ben Vagle

Also in DIY Walkers

  1. DIY Walkers: The TrotBot walking mechanism
  2. DIY Walkers: TrotBot using EV3
  3. DIY Walkers: Strider

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Ben Vagle

Ben Vagle is a high school senior in Colorado. His childhood was spent observing animals in nature and building with LEGO, and these passions are alive and well in his role as a young maker.