If you plan to build your own Schokotron and are looking for some insights on what could go wrong, you might want to have a look here.
Start off by developing an incredibly detailed concept like the one above, leaving no questions unanswered.
Be aware that the size of your Schokotron defines on how much you will have to spend on chocolate to fill it up. We decided for a 50x50x50 version which adds up to a volume of 12,5 liters to be filled with chocolate. We figured that out after building it.
Drill a lot of holes to build a solid and sturdy Schokotron that is prepared against chocolate theft.
Be aware that if you use your fathers workshop in his presence, he will have lots of ideas to improve the looks of your Schokotron – resulting in more work.
Put everything together until you got a nice body.
We built a little ramp that drives the chocolate to the hatch and also creates room for its brains and bowls.
The bobbly fish bowl gets on top to enable users to see whether some chocolate is left.
No need for explanation. You did this before when you built your Ikea kitchen, didn't you?
Using this metal cheese grater type-of tool apparently makes a difference in making the edges softer.
Its a hole. We were happy.
If your result so far looks like little lavatory you did everything right. Just make sure no kids are around.
This is the point in the project where you could easily get distracted by the idea of dropping everything and building a flying toilet looking like a UFO instead.
Depending on the level of trust towards your colleagues, you might want to integrate a hook for a lock.
If you have a handy father around, he might custom build a hinge for you. Thanks dad!
To our surprise, a display needs connecting cables we didn't really think about. So we needed to make some room for them.
The same thing as before, but moving.
The try in fully assembling the body. Depending on your skills and those of your father, you can get to this point in about 12 hrs. Getting all parts excluded.
To match the size of the hole for the display-eyes, another cheese grater needs to be used.
Thanks to chinese factories, we got eyes for the Schokotron at a bargain.
You might go for a door buzzer. But this thing is much easier to attach. We had to learn it the hard way.
Your Schokotron needs some color. Unfortunately, any paint instantly vanishes into the wood.
Plan to have a lot of paint and time until you got an evenly white base layer on your Schokotron.
Assembling your Schokotron before painting it proves to get difficult once you realise that it's hard to paint it on the inside this way, duh!
Once you spent a months salary on paint, you will finally get a white Schokotron.
Muster all memories left from 10th grade in school to figure out the electrical layout for the locking mechanism. Once you did, reach back even further for your soldering skills.
Once you are done not burning all parts, decide that there is an even better electrical solution and start all over again. This is the time when a breadboard comes in handy to test everything before soldering it to a clump.
When you decide to get silver paint and the image of the tin on Amazon looks really old and rusty, expect an extremely old and rusty tin to arrive at your doorstep containing gooey old paint.
A robot needs wheels. Don't bother measuring how large they should be. Just order any to get a nice surprise delivered.
Again, don't bother measuring anything when attaching the wheels.
A robot also needs arms for world domination. A word of advice: think about how to attach them before ordering them.
Once your robots arms are attached, it may be able to assist in taking care of all the blood on your hands from the cuts you got while attaching the aluminum.
Isn't it cute?
The chocolate you see here didn't even fill the Schokotron half. Get more and think hard why you chose the big model.
Every robot needs a model type plate. Ask your brother to laser one for you, in case he has an industrial laser standing around.
There it is.
Take some pictures of your Schokotron for its website.
Being secretly transported to its new home it looks happy, doesn't it?
Hide your Schokotron in that little storage room in your office, nobody would ever think of cleaning up – until you reveal it to the team. Can you see it? It's standing still in the right corner in the back.