Mechanics

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The mechanical components of LocoKit are kept simple to make it easy to construct light-weight, dynamical robots. LocoKit consists of the following components:

  • Rods forming the skeleton of the robot
    • The rods have a standard dimension of 4mm and are made of carbon-fiber. 4mm rods are typically available from your local supplier also in other materials such as aluminum, wood, fiberglass-enforced, etc.. (note: as the only LocoKit component, the rods are not always reusable because they are penetrated by set screws as part of the construction process).
  • Fixed joints
    • The fixed joints make it possible to connect two rods to each other at fixed, arbitrary angles.
    • The fixed joints have tactile feedback that makes it easy to assemble regular geometries (e.g. squares).
  • Rotary joints
    • Built-in ball bearing allows for low-friction, continuous rotation.
    • The fixed and rotary joints are produced in aluminum to ensure long life.

In addition, to these general components there are some with specific functions:

  • Compliance integration components
    • These allow springs to be integrated with rods to allow them to be compliant.
  • Motor mounts
    • Bioplastic (PLA) components for mounting the LocoKit motors onto the rods.
  • Gears and connector components
    • These components transfer the power from the motor to the mechanical structure