Fischertechnik? What’s that?
Legos have bricks, K’NEX has blue and yellow connector rods, but what does fischertechnik have? In truth, it has way too many pieces to give names to! Fischertechnik is definately not as popular as legos or K’NEX, but I like it much better. It’s very good for exercising building and construction skills. Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia on fischertechnik
“Fischertechnik is a brand of construction toy. It was invented by Artur Fischer and is produced by fischertechnik GmbH in Waldachtal, Germany. Fans often refer to Fischertechnik as FT or ft. It is used in education for teaching about simple machines, as well as motorization and mechanisms. The company also offers computer interface technology which can be used to teach the theory of automation and robotics.”
I will be calling fischertechnik FT as mentioned above.
Step 1: Ingredients:
- Hot glue gun
- Razor blade
- Philips Screwdriver
- Drill with 7/32 drill bit
- Dremel with very tiny drill bit (a little bit smaller than the screws that come with the servo)
- 6 AA battery pack and alligator clip
- 8x micro servos and attachments
- 30+ jumper wires or pin headers.
- Arduino and power
Step 2: Building the Frame
Assuming you have fischertechnik, you can just tell what pieces I’m using to build this. I’m sorry I can’t offer much more of and explanation!
Step 3: Mounting the Servos
Step 4: Mounting the Servos on Servos
Now the circular servo arm is different from the other arms; the screw sticks up above the plastic unlike the other ones, which the screw head sinks below the plastic. So, with this bump in the middle, a flat surface cannot be mounted totally flat, instead it will wobble and pivot around the center. To fix this, I’m taking a 7/32 bit (one size smaller than 1/4 on a standard drill set) and drilling a small indent on the servo that will be glued on top of the base servo. See pictures. Then using hot glue, glue the two servos together.
Step 5: Mounting the Spidey Legs!
Step 6: Seeing it all Together
Step 7: Creating a Diagram For Reference
Now, this is the most helpful step of all. Create a diagram like the one shown in the picture, and figure out for each servo which way is 180 deg. and which is 0 deg.. Then number all the servos. These numbers are what you will be using in your Arduino program.
For more detail: Robotic Spider V8