No. We make our robots in limited editions. Once we design, prototype, market test, and source a robot, we will make him/her in a predetermined quantity based on interest and order volume, complexity of construction, and availability of materials and components. We have done additional editions for very popular models.
No. Since we make our robots in limited editions, when an edition sells out we’re done with that model. We keep their pictures on the website for information purposes only. We try to have one or two different designs available for purchase all the time.
Our robots are made from ordinary or recycled objects, but they are not necessarily old or used objects. We go to great lengths to find deals on overstocked, surplus, or abandoned inventory. We make sure we have enough parts before we start production on any robot model, as we never know for sure if more will be available.
You are not out of luck. Our robots are modular, and any piece can be replaced using basic household tools. We use standard hardware, and ordinary household objects that can be purchased anywhere. If you ever need a part, just drop us a note. Chances are we have an extra that we would be happy to ship to you.
You sure can, and we encourage you to use your creativity and ingenuity to do so. In fact, you can call us if you have questions or would like advice. However, making a robot is far more complex than simply exchanging a part. It requires extensive drilling, cutting, milling, and fabrication to make the ordinary objects robot-worthy. Also, you’d probably save money by buying one from us. We buy stuff in such large quantities, that we can sell you a complete assembled robot for less than it would cost you to go to the store an buy all the parts yourself.
It means they’re either sold out or discontinued. Drop us a note if there’s one you’d like and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Actually, many folks say ours are better. When you make a one-off robot, you’re learning as you go, and many mistakes get manufactured in along the way. We perfect ours first, and then build them. From a cost perspective, we cannot deny our nature. We were operations management consultants before going into this line of business. We can’t keep ourselves from constantly trying to figure out ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper. It’s in our DNA. We have fun, and you get to benefit from it.
Just call us or drop us a note. We’re happy to sell to retailers and distributors. We would actually prefer to not be in the robot-selling business. Our passion is designing and building them.
Believe it or not, we actually know what we’re doing. We only use UL recognized components, and we use them in the fashion for which they were designed. We’re safety nuts around here.
We’re for real and this is no joke. This is what we do. We’ve been called dorks for doing this, but it makes us happy.
You won’t, but please be kind to him so he doesn’t hate you.
Sure, ship him back to us unharmed and un-abused, and we’ll refund all the money you’ve paid us.
We try to whenever we can. Around here, it’s usually the children exploiting us.
Yes, but sometimes when we get new pieces they may vary a bit in shape or size. For example, early Disastros had a square lower jaw (a measuring cup), and later Disastros had a rounded lower jaw (a ladle). This is about as much as any robot should deviate from the website photo. Though we do try to keep all photos current. Drop us a note before you order if you have a specific concern.
Not 100%, but I can comfortably say 90% or more. Some items we just buy and use it for the purpose it was intended (e.g. nuts & bolts and electrical components). However, there are some specialty items that we have manufactured specifically for us (e.g. goosenecks for bases).
If you have enough of whatever your widget is so that we can make a reasonable sized edition of robots with it, and if it’s clean and safe, we’ll be happy to learn about what you have and see if it can be designed into a future robot.
Because shippers aren’t always guaranteed to treat your robot with the level of respect he deserves. We use the best shipping companies available, but we still want to make sure he’s protected just in case.
Our crates are very user-friendly. You only need to remove four screws using a phillips screwdriver.
We typically ship same day (or next if it’s after pick-up). If for some reason there would be a delay, we would contact you ASAP to let you know.