Robotics Technology
In the Maker Shed: Robotic Arm Kit


Need a robotic arm to do your evil bidding? Then look no further than the Robotic arm kit available in the Maker Shed.

You command the gripper to open and close, and control wrist motion of 120 degrees, an extensive elbow range of 300°, base rotation of 270°, base motion of 180°, vertical reach of 15″, horizontal reach of 12.6″, and lifting capacity of 100g. Added features include a search light design on the gripper and a safety gear audible indicator on all 5 gearboxes to prevent any potential injury or gear breakage during operation. Award-winning kit assembles with simple hand tools. Ages 10 and up.

Features

  • 5 motors and 5 joints
  • LED-lighted gripper
  • Safety audible indicators on all 5 gearboxes
  • Requires 4 D batteries
  • Simple hand tools required for assembly: screwdriver, long-nose pliers, diagonal cutter

14 thoughts on “In the Maker Shed: Robotic Arm Kit

  1. I bought this but my biggest problem is that the claw lacks sufficient grip strength to do much and the screws strip extremely easily when assembling

    1. I have the Maplin version, and it’s not exactly the same. Instead of that nice-looking controller, the Maplin arm has to be connected via USB to a computer running some really terrible software. I’m currently trying to figure out how to cut the software out of the equation by either reverse-engineering the USB signals and writing my own software, or controlling the motors directly with an Arduino.

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