Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - front angle

With LEGO power functions and a few gears, it’s fairly easy to make a four-leg walker.

For this walker, I used the battery box as the body, and made a head out of a medium motor. I connected a worm screw to the motor pointing towards the ground.

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - front angle 2

I built a basic frame going down kind of parallel to the motor, and then going at a right angle parallel to the battery box. Next to the worm screw, I placed a 24-tooth gear. This could be swapped out for a different gear if you want to experiment with power and speed.

The gear that is adjacent to the worm screw is on an axel that has two other gears on it. These gears are on the outside of the frame. These have pins in one of the off-center holes, that also connect to the “legs” of the walker. The legs of the walker are further connected to a small piece (a black three-length piece in the pictures) that can swivel as the legs move up and down. The interaction between this swivel and the rotating gear is what causes the legs to move up and down. Changing the distance between these pieces and/or the length of each or size of the gear will change how the legs move.

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - close

I made all four legs similar, so that they all rotated the same distance.

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - back angle

Another important thing to remember with the legs, is that the timing needs to be calibrated so that the legs move correctly in relation to each other. You can look at the video for a better picture of this — it will likely take some experimentation.

In order to drive the rear legs, I placed gears all the way along the length of the frame.

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - close

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - bottom

I used an odd number of gears (five) so that the front gears and the back gears rotate the same direction.

Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker - side holding

Finally, note the “feet” at the bottom. The walker should be able to balance on two feet at a time. That way two feet can hold it steady while the other two fit lift up and advance forward. The feet on this walker are wide so that the center of gravity falls somewhere between the two feet that are on the ground (front right and rear left, or front left and rear right).

 

 

4 thoughts on “Basic Four-leg LEGO Walker

  1. Tomato

    Do you think you could put instructions in better detail?

    technic is already confusing enough as it is, but this seems a little scattered

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    1. lego Post author

      Basically I just mounted the motor so it was pointing down with a worm screw on the end. All the gears down the center of the underside are adjacent, so the worm screw drives one gear and makes everything move. Then there’s a gear hooked to each leg sharing an axle with a gear in the center. Note that the gears hooked to the legs are hooked off center — this is what makes the legs go up and down. There are many ways you can make this, so I’m just trying to give you a general idea of how it works.

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