Print your own life-size robot for under $1,000

January 28, 2013

InMoov robot (credit: Gael Langevin)

Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, has created a life-size, 3D-printed robot.called InMoov, CNN reports.

Langevin’s animatronic creation can be made by anyone with access to little more than a basic 3D printer, a few motors, a cheap circuit board, and about $800.

A work in progress, the robot boasts a head, arms, and hands — the torso is not far off. On completion of each body part, Langevin shares the printer files and assembly instructions on his dedicated blog and on Thingiverse — a open-source, digital design file-sharing site.

“I’ve also posted some programming instructions — so you can make it respond to voice-activated commands,” he says. “It can grab hold of things, tilt its head, and move its arms around in various ways … and when I get around to building some legs, that’s when things will get really interesting.”