August 12th, 2005
We are nearing the
end of the design phase. The majority of items have been designed
and ordered. New production molds for the fiberglass parts
(torso, neon backplate, wrists & dount) have been created and
delivered to our fiberglass fabrication facility.
We have added a functional
Soil Sampler to the design! We also hope to add additional
features as we finalize the electronics package.
Photos of the neon
& backplate. Note that the front torso portion (red) is
a rough test casting from the new mold. It was used during the development
of the neon and backplate to ensure proper fit. These colors
do not represent the final Robot, of course.
Images of the Soil
Sampler design. As you may recall, the Robot's right
foot contains the soil sampler which was used to test the planet's
environment in one of the first few episodes.
here to download a movie (wmv format) of the soil sampler
Cutaway shot of some
of the brain components. Also images of the brain, brain lighting
Claws, straight out
of the mold. Note the design provides for sycronized claw movement.
Photos of the production
molds for the torso, donut, wrists & neon backplate. These are
hard shell molds, not silicone. Silicone molds tend to deform and
can result in poor quality parts. Production parts will be
constructed using a hand laid fiberglass mat instead of the cheaper
"chop gun" method. This results in a higher
quality part with consistent finish and wall thickness.
New torso mold based
on the original torso "stone molds":
Donut and wrist molds:
Wheels and tread belts.
These images show the wheels and belts being tested
for fit. The wheels are laid out at the correct spacing
to ensure the belt is the correct length. The wheels have
the correct hole patterns to match the original prop. These
holes can be seen on the original only when viewed from the correct
Also note the v-grooves in the wheels and the v-shape of the belt,
like the original.
Shot of the original
wheels showing the holes:
Thanks for your continued
interest in this project!