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Max the Megapod

A super-sized version of our popular "Vorpal the Hexapod" project. Twice the size and ten times the fun! Scratch enabled for education.

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Max the Megapod

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Max The Megapod Maker Kit
All components in the kit are open source or commonly available, see description for BOM link.
Arduino Nano R3
Arduino Nano R3
This is included in the kit above, I'm just highlighting the use of Arduino Nano in this project.

Software apps and online services

Arduino IDE
Arduino IDE

Hand tools and fabrication machines

3D Printer (generic)
3D Printer (generic)
Minimum bed size: 200mm cube (about 8 inches cube)


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Custom parts and enclosures

STL Models hosted at Thingiverse.com

Here are all the STL files for the Megapod. The source models are on OnShape.com


Megapod Power Distribution Harness, 6v Side

This is the 6.0 volt side of the power harness, it distributes power to the Servos. A single DPST switch controls both sides of the electrical system.

Megapod Power Distribution Harness 9v side

This is the 9v side of the power distro harness. It takes power from a 9v battery
and sends it through a BEC which converts to 5.0 volts to feed all logic components (Nano, Servo Driver, Bluetooth module, etc)

Megapod Nano Connections

This diagram shows the connections on the Arduino Nano to other Megapod electronics.


Megapod Robot and Gamepad Arduino Code

This is the same code as used on our smaller hexapod project.




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Former Bell Labs Distinguished Software Engineer turned serial entrepreneur.