Mitra Robot Prototype

The Mitra Robot Prototype was an interesting project for me! I had the opportunity to interact with many people from different domains and skills. Invento is the name of the company that made the Mitra Robot. They are a small but very talented startup based in Bangalore. This is the same robot that greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad in 2017.

I worked on the head and the body of this version of the robot. Another person worked on the hands. The whole thing was sculpted in terracotta clay with screenshots taken from Autodesk Fusion. Their robots have gone through a lot of iterations since then. Mine was just one of their many models.

If you have a prototype that needs to be made Sculpt Monkey Design Studio can come in and help/collaborate with the modeling process. For this particular project as their design wasn't final, going for a full injection plastic body or choosing to 3d print it wasn't a financially viable option.

Mitra Robot Prototype - Final

This is the prototype that I worked on. I helped in sculpting the head and body. The company had the metal frame measured, fabricated and welded. The form was padded up with cloth, foam and a mixed layer of terracotta and rice husk! The normal terracotta was layered on top and details were sculpted. That also helped to smooth out the surface.

Mitra Robot Prototype - Sculpting WIP 02
Mitra Robot Prototype - Fibre Body

The fibre glass composite body was made by another agency.

Mitra Robot Prototype - Sculpting WIP 01
Mitra Robot Prototype - Mold Prep
Mitra Robot Prototype - Mold Prep 01
Mitra Robot Prototype - Face Sculpt Start
Mitra Robot Prototype - Face Sculpt
Mitra Robot Prototype - Mold PoP

Here are some photos from their press coverages available online. My learning from this project is to take as many pictures as you can! You can follow them on Facebook.

Mitra Robot Prototype - Press Image 01
Mitra Robot Prototype - Press Image 03
Mitra Robot Prototype - Press Image 04
Mitra Robot Prototype - Press Image 02