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#1 MnT

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:42 PM

Here is the first prototype of the Kodak Duaflex Camera Bot.

I can just say that I really do not love working on thin metal. The next one will be thicker walled, or I will buy a TIG [Big Grin]

I was too lazy to switch out the driver rollers and all on the MIG, so it ended up taking a lot longer than if I would have done it to begin with. Oh well.

Sorry for the poor pic, I will try to get some decent pics this weekend.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:07 PM

Pretty sweet! I love the snap ring pliers for a hand.
I am really wishing I had a TIG machine!

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#3 MnT

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

Thanks.

I keep doing things that a TIG would be so nice for, but I keep not getting one.

This little guy was fun. I scrounged a box of old cameras, and they all look like heads of some sort to me, so I started this guy, and hopefully will get some more done, this summer.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:10 PM

That's really cool! What are the arms? Some kind of oil cooling line or something? Regardless what they are, it turned out real nice!
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#5 MnT

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:40 PM

Good call on the arms. I have a bunch of it from a blown up air compressor, I have been trying to come up with some use for them. It is tricky to weld.

Now that I used them for this, I have more ideas flowing. Funny how the muse works.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:08 PM

Really cool nicely repurposed parts, looks good. Posted Image
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:51 AM

Cool, love it :)
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:35 AM

I dont know how you guys get "personalty" out of scrap parts, but you always do [Happy]. If you buy a Tig welder you open a new world, you can hold parts together with your fingertips and tack them [Punk]

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:47 AM

You can hold pieces togther with your hands and tack them with the MIG, it just hurts. [hysterical]

I have been coveting a TIG for quite awhile. So maybe I can use the fact that I have a bunch of thin stuff to use up as an excuse. [Big Grin]

Thanks all, for the kind words.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 07:10 AM

Hey, I'm in Fremont, I'd be happy to give you some coaching.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:22 PM

You can hold pieces togther with your hands and tack them with the MIG, it just hurts. [hysterical]


It hurts with a TIG welder too. [Laugh]

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 04:04 PM

I might have to take you up on that, I am just across the Bay from you Thanks much for the offer. I have to say your work is exemplary. Now I just need to convince the wife that I need a 3rd welder. [hysterical]

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:55 AM

OK, here are the better pics I said I would get.

Does look a bit better in these pics.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:57 AM

OK, here are the better pics I said I would get.

Does look a bit better in these pics.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 10:28 PM

Very cool!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 05:07 AM

After CameraBot V.1 came CameraBot v2, as you can see he is just finishing up his assembly by putting his head on, (or is it coming off? [Big Grin] ) As you can see, he is number 7.

I used a bit thicker sheet for the body. The legs are round bar and trampoline springs that are cut down.

Another old camera for a head. It is held in place by the hands, the spingy-ness of the arms holds it in place pretty securely. You can pick him up by the head, and it stays in place.

I am thinking v3 will have some better shoulder joints.

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#17 MnT

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 05:08 AM

Here are a couple pics of the two together.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:01 AM

Pretty neat, like the rough and readyness of the bodies of the bots and the fineness and delicacy of the camera's. i hope you check on the value of the camera's as I know somebody that let a box of old cheap looking camera go at a garage sale and found out later that they were worth more money that they thought! Posted Image
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:33 AM

This is a very neat series you are creating. I look forward to v3...and v4...and v5...!;)
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#20 MnT

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:17 AM

PT - Thanks, I also like the contrast of the body to he head. I think it works. I was trying to get a 1950's style robot to go with the same generation of camera. I didn't want the body to look like it was brand new. All that being said, there are some details on both of them that could be better, and will hopefully be showing up in the next versions. One of my reasons for the thicker metal is that it is easier for me to MIG weld. Plus side is that it gives a bit more weight, so the robot is more stable.

I also looked at prices of the cameras on line, and didn't find that they are worth a small fortune even. My goal in each of these guys is to make it so the camera could be removed and used again, or used again with the robot body functioning as a tripod. This way the camera will keep its value as well. v1 has a tripod mount, so it just screws in, v2 is a friction fit and both cameras have no modifications.

Schmidty, thanks. I have trouble with series, but this one is fun, and I still have a bunch of cameras left. My kids are giving me ideas for robots too. [Big Grin]

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