Welcome to DIY Walkers, a site for enthusiasts and educators to collaborate on building mechanical walkers, from LEGO-scale, to SUV-scale.
Although the principles of building walkers are the same at both scales, the benefit of scaling up is how it magnifies issues with designs, providing feedback for fine tuning that is not available at LEGO-scale.
Welcome to DIYWalkers! My name is Ben Vagle, I'm 17 years old and I've been building mechanical walkers for the past 4 years, at both LEGO-scale, and SUV-scale. I started this blog to share what I've learned, and to collaborate with you. Let's see if we can take walkers to the next level, and more importantly, help to inspire students to learn the skills necessary to design and build these tricky beasts!
I started by building Klann's amazingly robust Mechanical Spider, Jansen's majestic Strandbeest and our own TrotBot in LEGO, and then was a member of the team that scaled up TrotBot in my garage.
Currently, I'm leading the building of TrotBot ver 2.0 at SUV-scale. We're building it out of bamboo, which is incredibly strong and light, but is a bit tricky to work with. I plan on updating DIYwalkers on my progress with my bamboo build. Check out the Blog section for these updates.
I'll kick off DIYwalkers with a few posts on Mechanical Walker basics, as well as building instructions for making highly functional LEGO-scale walkers, based on the same principles required for building large walkers. I invite you to participate on DIY Walkers, either in the comments on this blog, or if you want to contribute more detailed posts on this site simply email me at Ben@DIYwalkers.com so that I can grant you privileges.
Thanks for your interest and I look forward to hearing from you!