Building an ANTBOT Part 1 (the robot basics) to get the motors running

The Insect Robotics Group at Edinburgh University published a partly defunct plan  (No sources and incomplete building instructions) to build an ANTBOT.

I thought I nevertheless give it a go and see where I end up. The whole guide is practical and not intended to communicate endless theory that can be found elsewhere. What we want to achieve here are the minimal requirements to get the robot chassis going.
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Seville 2009 Habitat3D data set as GPU Render

After having a look into Insect Robotics, I came over the Seville 2009 data set of an ant habitat (Cataglyphis velox).  Converting this with Meshlab and using a generic ant model with some freely available HDRI’s, resulted in some nice pictures in OTOY’s Octane 3.06  to visualise an ant perspective.

There is also a MATLAB representation on http://www.insectvision.org/walking-insects/antnavigationchallenge

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Ant model in the DLR Seville 2009 data set.
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A generic antmodel in the Seville 2009 Cataglyphis velox habitat data set

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