How to build your own robot - Tinkerbots

How to build your own robot

Building your own robot is super easy! You can build robots – any autonomously moving thing that you can imagine – from just about any materials! How about paper mache, a cardboard box, paper, clay or even more sophisticated electronics?

Cardboard Robot

Find cardboard or paper mache that is not needed anymore – you can surely find it at school, in a supermarket or even at home if you ask around – and tailor it to your needs. Maybe you can find a cardboard box that is so big that it will fit you in completely? This way you get to be the robot!

Cut out eyes so that you can see where you are going when you move around as the robot and start painting on the cardboard to make your robot look more life like. What features will it need? A little computer screen to tap in commands? A battery box in the back to turn the robot on and off and to reset if necessary? Arms made of steel, legs with thorns…decorate the robot like you imagine!

And then once the cardbox is ready, you become the robot! This play is even more fun if you are together with a friend and have built two robots. Now you can interact, talk in robot language, move like a robot and just do anything you can imagine.

Robots made from clay

Another really fun material to play around with is clay: With clay you can form just about everything and after letting it dry for a little bit, you can play around with it just like with any action figure! We suggest that before going over to using clay, you start out with pen and paper and give shape to the robot that you have imagined. What will it look like? How tall shall the robot be? Shall it look humanlike, like an animal or just an organic form that can easily adapt to all terrains?

Now that you have your clay robot blueprints laid out, go over to clay and prepare your workspace since it will be a rather messy task. Depending on the material you choose you might need to wear old clothes and prepare water and a lot of old newspaper paper to protect the table or even an oven to cook or dry the clay once you have formed your robot. Once you have prepared the workstation, set to work. Roll up your sleeves and start forming the robot.

After letting the robot dry for the needed amount of time, you can paint it and then play with it like with any action figure – the cool thing is is that this is your very own action robot, the robot you have imagined and no one else was able to make. Your very own creation!

Robots that move on their own

For us the most interesting robots are those that move on their own and that can be taught or controlled – That is why we love to play around with electronics, mechanics and sensorics. There are many electronic robots that you can find in the shelves of toy stores but the coolest are those that you can build yourself, at least that is what you believe.

Just like cardboard and clay we want to give you the power to decide what your robot looks like! And you can do this with Tinkerbots – Our sets come with modules that move, many bricks to add color and shape and one Powerbrain that receives all signals and transmits them to the other modules.

You do not need to know how to program to be able to build your own robot. Just like a cardboard robot you just plug and turn and the modules work – You can teach your robot how to move through moving the modules and recording their movements through the Powerbrain or connnect the robot to your smartphone or tablet through our App.


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