Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.
If you’ve ever felt like you need an extra hand, this workshop is for you. Explore prototyping, mechanical construction, laser-cutting, and the creative use of electronics to build your own moving robotic arm.
In this 5-hour workshop, you’ll design and laser-cut your own parts to make a robotic arm. Then learn how build and incorporate the electronic circuitry and complex components needed to get it going. It will even be able to grasp objects.
What you’ll learn
- Basic robotic principles and prototyping and mechanical techniques
- Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can be added to your sculpture to create movement and interactivity
- Incorporating Arduino microcontrollers and more complex electronic components. Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that can control a variety of sensors and components including fans and motors
- Laser-cutting, including how to prepare designs in Adobe Illustrator.
What you’ll get to take home
- Your very own moving robot arm.
Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in electronics, robotics and prototyping would be beneficial
Wear: No loose-fitting clothing or jewellery and enclosed shoes
Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.
We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us on 02 9265 9333.
Facilitator: Tully Arnot
Tully is a visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Design and Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design and is also an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
- Mobility access
- Hearing loop