Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Robotic arms have been around for many years and are widely used within industries. In the decade of 2010 the availability of low-cost robotic arms increased substantially. These types of robots are ideal solution with applications in automation, laboratory, and education because of their adaptability to various industries and tasks. The objective of this project is to design a low- cost/affordable robotic arm including a manipulator and end effector with similar functions to a human arm and fingers with educational applications. The mechanism of manipulator is similar to the articulated robot so that the links of the manipulator are connected by joints allowing rotational motion. For the end effector, a two-finger gripper is designed that allows the robot to pick and place an object. The proposed robot has 5-degree of freedom and operates with Dynamixel AX-12A and RX-24- F servo motors and mechanical components to perform a variety of tasks and operations. All the mechanical components including links, gripper, connectors, spur and bevel gears are designed by SolidWorks and Cero computer aided design (CAD) software. A 3-D printer is used to manufacture the parts. The Arduino microcontroller and software are utilized to program servo motors so that the robot can do the desire tasks. The design of this robot will provide an opportunity to educators to learn the knowledge of mechatronics that eventually open up a whole new world of learning for them.
White, S. C., & Farmer, J. D., & Eslami, A. M. (2018, June), Engaging Students’ Creativity through Designing a Low-Cost Educational Robotic Arm Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30399
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