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What do you get when you put a bunch of 3D-printed parts, some micro-electronics, a legendary maker, and a few packs of mouldable glue together in a California workshop? The world’s first interactive robot of Pathfinder from the video game Apex Legends, duh.

We asked John Edgar Park, mighty maker, technical wizard and long-term Sugru super-fan, to come up with a cool project using Sugru. Something epic but achievable for our makers in the Sugru community. When he unveiled this ridiculously fun build, we were literally out of superlatives.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

John made some pretty impressive parts for this little number. First up, he created multiple parts using a 3D printer and used Fritzing software to design the technical drawings and circuitry. He then built the various electronic components: a touch screen and microcontroller based on an Adafruit Pyportal, a tiny amplifier and speaker for the audio effects, and a power booster converter to power the bot. He even made Pathfinder’s accessories, including his famous grappling hook canisters.

Sugru is the secret weapon for every maker

John was one of our very first customers. Like all makers, he finds Sugru Mouldable Glue’s versatility perfect for every kind of maker project. To simplify the process on this build, he used Sugru to assemble everything. It allowed him to seamlessly combine different 3D parts, shapes and materials – like Pathfinder’s single-eye lens (Sugru is almost the only adhesive able to stick to glass).

John also used Sugru to mount the internal electronics and embed magnets so parts could click together. Finally, Sugru enabled John to bond Pathfinder's external parts, strengthen levers and joints, and add some sculptural elements and colourful details (Sugru is available in 10 colours).


Original Formula

See for yourself...

John Park: How to build an Apex Legends Pathfinder robot using a 3D printer


The competition to win a 3D printer has now closed ☹️, but if you fancy building your own interactive robot, you can 😀. Just download the plans for this awesome project right here. Go on, have a go.

A bit about John Edgar Park...

John’s maker career spans digital film production working with Disney Animation Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks on movies such as Bolt, Tinker Bell, Spider Man 2 and The Matrix films, to name-drop a few blockbusters. He currently works with Adafruit Industries, the ground-breaking open-source electronics company helping to make electronics, technology and programming more accessible. John is also one of the founding members of Make Magazine, and he continues to spearhead the maker movement creating videos and learning guides.

And a bit about Pathfinder...

EA’s award-winning Apex Legends is a free-to-play, online, multiplayer game with over 70 million players and counting. It’s part of the staggeringly successful ‘battle royale’ genre that’s taking over popular culture. Pathfinder, real name MRVN (Mobile Robotic Versatile eNtity), is a scouting specialist famous for his Grappling Hook and Zipline Gun. He was abandoned in a laboratory decades ago without knowing who he is, why he's here, and who made him. Yet, he remains eternally optimistic fighting through the wild Frontier in search of his creator.

Are you feeling inspired to get creative?

Check out all the Sugru maker projects. There is something for everyone – whatever your skill levels.