Ibex: a wall-climbing robot by Operative RC

Posted by Jon on 20 June 2014

Forum user Lukeness made a detailed post about the design of his wall-climbing robot, Ibex, which is now available for purchase on his website, Operative RC.

The lightweight and compact RC-controlled wall-climbing robot uses a brushless DC motor for suction, and features a drive solution that uses four of our micro metal gearmotors, each driving a 32mm Pololu wheel and mounted with our micro metal gearmotor brackets.

The post includes pictures and videos of various iterations of Ibex and includes Luke’s reflection on the disheartening results of one of Ibex’s iterations. We’re glad to hear that Luke “stuck” with it, and now has a robot he is happy enough to market! We look forward to hearing more about Operative RC when more products become available.


i want to buy this robot or any kind of basic wall climber for about 200 USD
I would be interest on the "vacuum" design if this climber. Do any one has the specification of the Electric Ducted Fan(EDF)? Where can I buy it? What is the propeller?
We did not make the Ibex robot, and unfortunately, it looks like the Operative RC website is no longer running; you might try posting your question in the thread on our forum for the robot, to see if Lukeness might answer.

We made this same ibex robot. But during test run the BLDC motor got sparks and it stopped working. Please send some suggestions to rectify this problem. I think it is the programming error that happened with the ESC

You should probably contact the manufacturer of your ESC to see what they recommend. Please note, as I mentioned in my previous comment, it looks like the Operative RC website is no longer functional, and we cannot offer much (if any) advice about that robot system since we did not design or manufacture it.

I made this robot by using Polulu products but I can't climb because of heavy weight. I want to know how to make lightweight wall-climbing robot. Please could you let me know that? For example, something like robot materials for each part and etc..

We do not have any of the technical specifications for the parts needed for this project. The manufacturer seems to be out of business since their website quit working some time ago.

Unfortunately, we do not have any specific advice for building a similar robot.


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