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The Humble Velocipede

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3D model description

The Humble Velocipede is a playful desktop toy designed to scuttle over countertops and coffee tables. The design of this toy was inspired by Theo Jansen's Strandbeest creatures, and combines 3D printing with some custom hardware to put the beauty of Jansen's walking mechanism in your hands.

Hardware kits including bent metal crankshafts are available for purchase here:

Full instructions for printing and assembly can be found on Adafruit:

Parts are also available for purchase via Shapeways:

If you'd like to buy one already assembled, an assortment of Humble Velocipede designs are available here:

For all other things Humble Velocipede related, see the links below!

Follow the design process on Instagram:
Watch videos of the Velocipede in action on Vimeo:
Play with a digital simulacrum online:
Shop for Velocipede-inspired fashion:

3D printing settings

20% infill / 1.5mm retraction
2 shells
80mm/s print speed
0.20mm layer height / 0.4mm nozzle

3D printer file information

  • 3D design format: STL Folder details Close
    • ACL x10.stl
    • Breastplate x4.stl
    • Endplate x2.stl
    • LCL x10.stl
    • MCL x10.stl
    • PCL x10.stl
    • Shin x10.stl
    • Thigh x10.stl
    • Topbar.stl

    Learn more about the formats

  • Last update: 2020-08-11 at 23:17
  • Publication date: 2017-08-12 at 21:53


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