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Meet the Custom RoboBrrds!

Here are the custom RoboBrrds that we created for some of the backers of the Indiegogo campaign (who backed at that level or above) :)


Here is a video of them all flapping their wings and working:

Let’s dive in to what each RoboBrrd is about!

This one was supposed to be a ‘horse theme’. We weren’t exactly sure what that was supposed to be like when combining it with a RoboBrrd, but we came up witha nice sunset-esque colour pallet:



A penguin themed RoboBrrd! Definitely one of my favourites, check it out:



This RoboBrrd’s theme was to be simply, blue and white. Almost like a blue jay! There are stripes on it so that it can speed through the air very quickly:



And last but not least… a very special fancy RoboBrrd with the Brrds Nest front face! It was a blast to decorate this one:



We sent them on their way flying to their masters earlier this week! Some may have already received them by now. Bye bye Brrds!


It was a pleasure to make these four customized RoboBrrds. They took a lot of time and effort, but definitely worth while. THANK YOU for backing the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign! :D

We posted two new updates on the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign, be sure to check them out if you are interested!

(this was originally posted over on the blog)

RoboBrrd 3D Printed Pieces – OPEN SOURCE HARDWARE!

Introducing the new RoboBrrd 3D printed pieces!


These are all the 3D printing files for creating your own RoboBrrd! You can download the .stl files and get printing right away and also view the dimensional drawings. Check out the webpage!

The dream of having RoboBrrd as a widespread toy all around the world is what is really motivating us. OSHW combined with availability of 3D printers, it can be possible!

One day, there will be more RoboBrrds in the world than Furbys, and everyone will make it themselves.


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It seems odd that we go to a store to purchase a toy when we can create one ourselves. So let’s do it, and make a positive impact! Manufacture our own toys, customize them, learn about them, build them into robots, make them better.

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We put a lot of effort into the webpage by making the pics look fun & groovy. With the 3D Viewer Mode, it’s great to be able to spin, zoom, rotate 3D files. Many people dismiss RoboBrrd as goofy/stupid/useless, so it is also nice to show the thought that went in to RoboBrrd.


On the technical side, creating the pieces to work with both the laser cut pieces and 3d pieces was interesting. The two variables were the extrusion width, and the kerf. Figuring out the extrusion width was straight forward- we measured the mdf with calipers, and they said 3.05mm. As for the kerf, it was exactly +0.2mm different than the laser cut ones. Funnily enough, the laser cut kerf adjustment was -0.1mm, which meant all that needed to be changed was the – sign to a + sign.

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There is a donation button on the webpage, which will help us to create even more robots. Each donation will come with a ‘RoboBrrd Name Card’ that you can fill out and give to your newly created RoboBrrd. If you do donate, thanks a bunch! :D

Well, what are you waiting for? LET’S GO PRINT A ROBOBRRD!

Custom RoboBrrds Progress

Here is a progress update about working on 6.5 custom RoboBrrds started ~1 week ago! 4 of these RoboBrrds are for backers of the RoboBrrd Indiegogo campaign. The other two are RoboBrrd chassis we had lying around half built, and the other half was a not quite complete RoboBrrd.

They are waiting, just glued together

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Some of them have been painted now


Here they are drying their nice coat of gloss. Look at all of the beaks!


This was bad. We were trying to get the top face on, but it must have been stuck by some excess glue, gloss, or paint. Nothing we were trying was working, and the slots were already carved out with a knife. Standing on it seemed like a good idea, and worked for the previous Brrds. Except for this one. We were really upset about this :(


Here are all of the Brrds so far


Rivets installed, wing servos added


Red RoboBrrd takes a break to enjoy looking at a multimeter


Time to solder up all of these RGB LEDs and their resistors. This part is so mind-numbing and boring.


Soldered up, labeled, and with heat shrink


It took us ages to make all of these… phew!


Soldering up the LDR, resistor, and wires


Installing front face onto Blue RoboBrrd


Wiring up Black RoboBrrd


More LEDs to wire! AAAH!


The CTV RoboBrrd was sitting around doing nothing… painted it PINK!


Time for the TMP36 and Piezo speakers!


Remade Orange RoboBrrd


Black RoboBrrd is set up, calibrated, and working!


That is it for the progress so far. Much of the time gets chewed up in the little things. Here is a list of fine details that no one will know about, except the custom RoboBrrd, myself, and now you the reader!

  • Excess glue was carefully taken away
  • Lighter colours were two coats of paint
  • Gloss was added everywhere on the Brrd (except the Skotch-Yoke pieces)
  • Gloss left to dry for 24h
  • Slots & holes ‘careved’ out from excess gloss & paint with knife
  • Actually got a blister on my finger from all the carving
  • Test fitting and more carving is done
  • Adding heat shrink and labels to all the wires
  • Twist wires by hand for neatness, and add additional electrical tape

It takes time to create a RoboBrrd. Hopefully you will appreciate the time & effort spent into the them. We really care about the Brrds, and it’s the same amount of effort that we put into our own as well. :) It’s pretty tough trying to stay focused on them, especially when there are quite a few to create! We’re aiming for the end of this weekend to finish them, but we’ll see how it goes.

Back to building the Brrds! ^_^ CHIRP!