The Goal & Components

Building a 4 metre high walking, biped, machine is totally unrealistic.  That is why we are planning to make one.  Flying into space is unrealistic for most of us but does not mean we cannot do it if we build what we need to make it happen.  Fortunately, all the components necessary for building a large, piloted, walking mech are all available.  There are various incarnations of this idea in small scale, but for larger scale projects, the Kuratas robot project is by far the most inspiring (yes, sure, it doesn’t walk but fans all know it will someday)!

Kuratas has been inspiring the first/next generation of large robot builders.  See http://suidobashijuko.jp/ for awesome photos, videos and more inspiration.  They aim to do a walking mech next.

Kuratas has been inspiring the first/next generation of large robot builders. See http://suidobashijuko.jp/ for awesome photos, videos and more inspiration. They aim to do a walking mech next.

Before we get into details of how to put something like this together, let’s consider the primary components that are required to complete such a prototype.  MechWarrior Online fans already know most of the components…

Primary Mech components:

  1. chassis
  2. engine/power plant
  3. cockpit/electronics
  4. mechanical movement & gyroscopic stabilisation

It may be oversimplifying the requirements, but we’ll get deeper into each of them and identify the subsystems within them.

Naturally,  people say this project is untenable due to the various barriers they perceive are in the way.  We will enumerate those barriers but instead we’ll call them challenges – something that can be overcome.  Meanwhile, I hope you’ll stick with us and follow along as we get started.

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