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Monkey Robot

Independent Project

February 2018

Objectives: Design and build a simple robot that traverses a horizontally stretched rope.


  • CSWA Certification

  • Gear box design

  • Kinetic linkages

  • Solidworks Motion Analysis

Real thing.

I laser cut the chassis and arms and assembled the gear train and electric circuit from stock parts. For gen 2.0 I would redesign three critical features: 1) avoid double jointed knees, 2) stiffen claw connections, 3) use shoulder bolts for all joints for higher precision.

I designed a robot whose arms grab a horizontal rope one after another, pulling it along. Locomotion occurs as each arm pulls the robot forward. The motor is a simple brushed electric motor, geared down 280:1.

CAD Model.

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