Category Archives: Robot Art

Hobo bot

Here are some pics of one of the robohobos for the in progress web series I am working on. This guy so far has a servo controlled eye and a light up mouth. He is supposed to have tentacles and be able to float, so I was thinking of positioning him on a lever that could be green screened out.
The white octagons that make up the eye mechanism are 3d printed, the rest of is made of cardboard.




Robot heads

These robot heads were the first thing I designed specifically for printing. I uploaded the first version to thingiverse ( and I think it’s the only thing I have uploaded so far. So many of my projects require a little bit of tweaking to be actually functional (the openings are too small or they require a little hand work) that I haven’t been inclined to upload anything else.

I keep this little guy attached to the keychain of my jacket so I can show people who ask what the output from the 3d printer looks like warts and all.

Larger copy of sad bot

This is a new copy of sadbot that I have started. He is about third bigger than the first one (the bit and his shack measured 20cm cube). You can see the masking tape on the front which I used to keep some of the support material from falling off (it had split away which may have left some parts hanging in the air.) I also reoriented the bot torso so that it is standing up rather than laying on its back. I figured this might use less material for the support and also might improve the quality of some of the bits having the rings form in a different orientation.

Note that there is some rippling at the base of the support material. I think this may come from having my platform at too high a temperature. There was also some cracking seen on the top of the print.

I was able to fill the cracks in with bondo during the finishing and painting. I decided not to print the nose instead making one from a bamboo skewer.

Here are all the sadbot parts printed out. Ready for sanding and painting.

Sadbot finished

Here is the finished version of sadbot in his little shack. This version has been sent to the Museum of Longing and Failure ( He will be exhibited there in September 2012 at their current location in Bergen, Norway.

The shack is made of cardboard and foamcore. The bot is 3d printed ABS. Everything is finsihed with acrylic paint.