Monthly Archives: May 2011

So after epically failing to update my blog all of last week I am going to give you an update today! Well mostly tomorrow, but this is the update-update!

So been printing out more palm designs and will post pics tomorrow of them. Also been experimenting with epoxy pigments as well as aluminium and bronze metal, for metal looking parts. So in future I plan on having steampunk themed parts!

I started this week intending to update each day… well I’m starting tuesday… so um yeah.

Anyway 2 things to post about today.

The first is that I’ve been working on the palm for the hand. Doing the whole thing is a long print on the rapman.

So a photo of the palm (the first version, will be updating a slightly modified version later).


The second big thing is that I’ve received my hand sculpture from shapeways. So I can take photos and show that it isn’t soo delicate that it will break in transit! Anyway here’s a couple of pics (in a hastily constructed lightbox… aka 3 bits of bent white paper).

So things are coming along. Within the next few days I plan on updating this blog on how the modular electronics is going to work, some more structural elements as well as the tendons.

Ok so not my sort of androids!  However I do plan on making the electronics compatible with the arduino… So combine the hand with an arduino and then an android powered phone and you get a telepresense system.

So just something to keep in mind for later.

A few days ago this shop was very empty… but now it has a small non functional robot hand sculpture in it! I’ve ordered a print of it and so will soon have photos of the actual hand to load up! Until then here’s an image of the 3D model.

So because the design is taking a little while to finalise, I’ve decided to try some merchandising. So to that end I’ve set up an account at Cafepress is an online shop that can take images and put them on t-shirts, mugs, clocks you name it! I’ve placed the logo on a few items that can be brought as of right now!

My shop can be found here

I’ve also set up shapeways account. Shapeways is a rapid prototyping company that also allows virtual shops. I plan on uploading a few 3D designs to the shop in a while. Unfortunately I will only be able to sell parts through shapeways and not the entire hand because a) me making them will cost you the potential customer less and b) there are some metal parts that you probably really wouldn’t want to use shapeways to build, if you want the joints to last.

This very empty shop can be found here