Three complete robots built in 25 days

Designing, 3D printing, assembling and painting of these respectively 1.60m, 160m and 1.20m robots was done in 25 days.

I barely had nights to sleep, working alone in my work shop, I thought I wouldn't be able to accomplish the task in time.

The surface finishing with car filler on all the 3D printed parts took me a long time to get a perfect smooth finish for the paint job.

All articulations are created with 3D printed ball joint design that can give the the robot any human position, the ball joint I designed is scalable and allows to tight screw them to keep the desired position. All the metal parts you see are ABS 3D printed and painted with special metal paint using silver coating to get the shiny aluminium effect.

These robots were not motorised but had to look like they were built by a Real Robot Company (like Boston Dynamics or Honda) and were supposed to look very sad although I couldn't create a face that would reflect emotion. Therefore the emotions had to be perceived through body gestures.

You can see how I designed the shoulders that lay low to reflect sadness, the stomach can bent also to reflect disapointment as well.

The pictures in black and white were shot Vincent Dixon, a famous photographer, which used only real films and digital touching. (no photoshop) The robot by the piano was shoot on New York location for more realistic effect( seriously true although it could have been done in any Paris studio)

Anyway these 3 robots have been on all billboards advertisements in the Paris subway this last week and also in many magazines and newspapers.


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bartcam's picture


Very nice design , this smallest robot are the best. It looks like from cartoon film (the trasure planet). 

hairygael's picture

Thanks, Yeah the small one is


Yeah the small one is a cute little guy which triggers passions easily!

Kids love him right away.

I'm actually thinking of adding some motors or servos to actuate some parts.

moz4r's picture

Dont leave Gael alone few

Dont leave Gael alone few weeks, he will make loooot off robots !

respect about what you have done

dwilli9013's picture

Robots Emotics

You are an amazingly talented man Gael.

The feel and emotion you wanted to promote shows well.

Inmoov Rob Otto likes the little one. Thinks he might be in love.

Great work as always. So glad you continue to add to the open source world.


Humanoid's picture

Lovely work


They're really beautiful and full of individual character.  If you motorised them in some way and gave them voices I'm sure kids would love to own these robots. 

Great artistry.