Building the Xpider

I’ve decided to embark on a 3D printing and engineering project with my two daughters. They’ve come to love the stuff made here at my work with the Lulzbot Taz 6 3D printer, so I searched around and found what appears to be a fun and relatively straightforward project – the Xpider Fatty.

Billed as the “smallest programmable spider robot in the world” at 85mm tall and just 150 grams, this robot is fully programmable thanks to the Intel Edison board it carries. Additionally, we’ll be fitting it with a tiny UVC driverless camera so it can do some facial recognition and object avoidance.

I was able to cobble together the parts list using Amazon and DFRobot for a little over $100 USD, not including delivery (though most of the parts were available on Prime thankfully).

I’ll be posting periodic updates on our progress with pictures, but you can check out the specs and see the little gizmo in action here.

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