We wanted to share a little more about the process behind the design of the Truckbot. The process starts by using SolidWorks to do the CAD work, and then exporting those files to PDF, and then using CorelDRAW for the laser printing.
It sounds more complicated than it is, so check out this video of us going from the CAD design PC’s to the laser cutting room at the TechShop for printing on the Epilog.
We started by making our first robot using cardboard from recycling bins to flesh out that the parts all fit as expected. Then we moved up to using some nicer cardboard from Michaels craft store for $5 a sheet. After that we upgraded to acrylic from TAP Plastics, which ran us $20 for an 18′x24′ sheet that makes four robots.
We hope this helps you to create your own custom robot design and share it with us. It only took us a few weeks to feel comfortable so don’t be afraid to dive in and start making a personalized Cellbot today.