Biomimicry: robotic spider


Can the ancient wisdom of nature give you insight into a new breakthrough in technology? Give it a try.

Your mission: Design a webbed aquatic foot for a robotic spider.
The basics:
Bio: The Greek root word meaning "life."
Mimesis: The Greek root word meaning "to imitate."
Thus, biomimicry is the imitation of things in nature. Biomimicry is a thoughtful approach to examining the technology of nature as a source of inspiration for innovations, especially those that can improve the quality of life for our people and planet.
Got that? Good. Get started  

To make your robotic spider a swimming success, consider the following critical design criteria:

  • Purpose: to develop a robotic leg attachment, inspired by the webbed feet of waterfowl, to enable the existing robotic spider to swim and navigate muddy terrain
  • Size limitations: scaled to fit the provided robot
  • Materials to be used: flexible and waterproof polymers

Gather your materials

Software: Do you already have 123D® Design If yes, you can skip this step. If no, download and install the software first.
Design Files: Be sure to download the 123D® starter files.
Guides: This final package includes the step-by-step videos that will show you how to bring your design to life. Download video tutorials or watch them online.
Share design files: Download Autodesk 360 to share, edit, and view design files with your teacher and classmates. Includes 5GB of free cloud storage.

Getting to a successful design

Learn more about your mission.

Make your robotic feet

Ready for lift off? Follow the guides you downloaded in step 2, or watch them online to design your robotic spider's aquatic feet. When you are done, share your design in the showcase.
Biomimicry: robotic spider
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Level: Beginner
Time: 1-5 hours