Spyder Hexapod

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Spyder Hexapod

Post by pyroelectro on Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:17 pm

Structure of the Robot:

The structure involves a Aluminium base to fix the 3 servo motors. It is made of a rectangular base ,built using Aluminium frames used in making windows.

The mountings of the 3 servos in the aluminium frame is as shown:


Orthogonal View



Side View



Top View



Completed Robot with legs attached


Servo Motor

The Hexapod has 6 legs, and requires 3 servos to operate them. I have used Tower Hobbies TS-53.



To know what is a servo and how it works check the Seattle robotics Servo Page for more details.

Robot's Walking Algorithm

The robot uses tripod walking gait.

At any point in time the Hexapod has 3 legs on the ground. The center legs are used to lift the hexapod up while the front and back legs does the job of giving the robot forward or backward thrust.

Check this link below to understand the walking dynamics of Spyder.

Link : 6 legged robot walking simulator

Servo Motor Control

Servo Motor position is controlled using a PWM waveform. Changing the ON time of the PWM waveform results in change of the Servo Position.

For digital control of the PWM waveform we should have the PWM generation algorithm to be programmed into a microcontroller. This Microcontroller (uC) can be programmed to recieve commands ( Servo position commands ) via the serial port and then based on the command provided the uC generates the respective waveform which make the Servo move to the position as instructed by the command.



Source: Pyroelectro.com
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