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BoxBotix, the Open Source 3D Printable Robotic Frames for Copters, Planes, Rovers & Much More
BoxBotix is a perfect example of what thrills a contemporary hobbyist. An open source 3D printable robotics system developed by Coby Leuschke from Rocketship Systems, BoxBotix can be a copter, plane, or rover. Perfect for the desktop enthusiast, this aerial fun can fabricated easily at home, with some materials required using basic tools such as metric fasteners, extruded carbon fiber shapes, aluminum, and foam. The BBots design is meant to be both dust and waterproof.
“Need a ground-based rover? Need a long range flyer? Need vertical takeoff or hover capabilities? The BBRover, BBPlane, and BBCopter are sets of modules that are all compatible with the same BrainBox frame, and can be interchanged quickly and tool-free for multifunctional capabilities in the field,” states the BBots team on Wevolver.
“We have developed a base design for each variant, but with a little 3D CAD knowledge and some creativity, these modules can be altered to integrate sensors and payloads of your choosing. You can even start with the Lid or Arm Module interface, and come up with a whole new module concept of your own.”
The project was part of a successful Kickstarter campaign last month, raising a total of $17,558 and giving the team the opportunity to get well familiar with launching their business as they shipped out 69 kits to those who pledged. If you are interested in 3D printing the BBots, you can now find the design files, as well as full documentation, on Wevolver. Two kits, each containing over 130 parts, are available, in either the ‘Bring Your Own Printer’ version or the ‘Full Frame’ kit which contains all the 3D printed parts ready made.
Source: Oh BBoy: 3D Printable BoxBotix