The best way to "learn quickly - fail quickly" is to using rapid prototyping techniques to test out ideas quickly and identify potential and real points of failure, design needs, and radical improvements. Three-D printers are great for taking ideas and making them solid. An even faster way of rapid prototyping is "Frankenstein Prototyping", where the initial prototypes are built by using parts from other projects. In many cases, you just grab the part that is close to what you need and fasten it to the build.
|Frankworm! Franken-prototyping the WildWorm Drive|
Today, I am Frankenstein prototyping the WildWorm with 3D parts left over from previous projects. I wanted to quickly see if the rotating helix is going to be able to move the track treads of the WildWorm drive.
what is in the discarded print bin?
- Motor frame - one of the chassis from the original Mojo
- Battery holder - from an old RC car and RC Rover project
- Motor holder - initial WildWeasle tests - holds a 'recycled' printer motor
- Motor spindle adapter - from initial Centi tests
- Helix Mount - Cam variation from the Mojo2 (he walks!) project
- Horizontal Stabilizers - linkages from original Mojo project
- Stabilizer linkage - v0 print of WildWorm track
|WildWorm prototype test - Franken Prototype|