Articulated CNC Robots are Kinda Scary

It sounds good in theory, a robot with a CNC head, until you see it working.

There is something deeply creepy about the way an insectoid robot moves, especially if it has a routing bit rotating at 22000 rpm as a head.

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Matt Denton AKA: Winchy_Matt from MicroMagic Systems using B.F.Hexapod with an additional floating pen attachment, and a utility to convert DXF files into translation commands for the p.Brain controller, has built a walking CNC router!
The implications of this are huge, and a little scary, perhaps it is the fatalist in me but I can just imagine the robot crawling over a human head and inflicting some unwanted neurosurgery, or perhaps a little trepanning? I am sure there are other applications in the mining industry where these little guy’s could crawl in, drill core samples and crawl out. Or perhaps it could be a way to rescue people trapped in an earthquake type situation, but I keep thinking back to the trepanning….
Worse still if this was incorporated with the BigDog robot, previously mentioned on the Ponoko Blog

via Dave via Boing Boing

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That is so cool. I want one.

You might find this constantly updated thread on the PDF forum of interest, since it contains both this CNC robot and some other goodies (like Bowling Green’s ceramic fab experiments) –

That is really cool… I have now been able to replace my fear of organic spiders with CNC headed robospiders. Thanks?

Jon – Create Unique Memories

I SO want one of these!!

They were smart to break down the parts list. Kind of hides the fact that the overall price of a finished unit is a bit high.

I’d love to build one myself but not sure if I am up to the task. Sure wish they could get a major manufacturer on board to reduce costs and sell them pre-assembled.

That’s awesome and frightening at the same time.

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