2. Materials and Tools

Parts you will need to build the hexapod. NOTE: the new version of the battery works with headers included with the Maestro instead of the special connector shown.

Parts list:

Quantity Part # Part Notes
1 1351 Pololu Micro Maestro Partial Kit Get the kit version so that you can solder in your own wires for the most compact possible robot.
3 1053 Sub-Micro Servo 3.7g Generic These generic servos provide the lowest possible cost and weight, but you may substitute other servos, such as the Power HD sub-micro servo HD-1440A, to customize the design.
2 1134 Pololu Carrier with Sharp GP2Y0D810Z0F Digital Distance Sensor 10cm This is a tiny distance sensor with a long enough range to keep your hexapod out of trouble.
1 2251 Battery Pack: 4.8 V, 200 mAh This battery pack will provide enough power at about 5 V to power the hexapod for five or ten minutes.
3 “Jumbo” paper clip Used to form the legs of the hexapod. These should be 6" long when unfolded.

Tools required:

  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire stripper
  • Long-nose pliers
  • Diagonal cutter
  • Some wire for connecting the parts

Most of these parts are available in the Tools section of the Pololu web site. A hot glue gun is available at most craft stores for a few dollars.