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Robots are awesome, but building them can be a challenge.

One of the main components robots use is called a linear actuator. An linear actuator is basically a motor that pushes and pulls in a straight line to make things move. If you have seen "3CPO" in Star Wars or The Terminator, then you've seen actuators.

Maker Muscle actuator basic motion
Maker Muscle actuator basic motion

If you have ever tried to build a robot or something robotic, you probably had to look for some kind of actuator for your project but soon found that getting the right one was almost impossible because it was super expensive or it just didn’t have the right features, speed or power that you needed. As a result, you probably had to modify your project to fit the actuator.

I’ve been in your shoes. I was working on a project that needed a low cost actuator and getting the right one with the features I wanted was not possible.

Maker Muscle: An actuator that fits into your projects.

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After several months of research, designing, prototyping and testing, I finally came up with the Maker Muscle: The world’s first low cost customizable actuator system.

I designed the Maker Muscle to be a fully customizable actuator solution so you don’t have to adjust your project to fit the actuator, you can now get the right actuator to fit your project...without breaking the bank!

What can you do with an Actuator?

Robots, robots, robots! They are everywhere! Anything you need help moving, an actuator can probably come to the rescue. Here's just a few examples of where the Maker Muscle can be used.

Robotic Projects - Make things move, make some art.

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Education - Robotic clubs and engineering

Robotics & Engineering Prototyping
Robotics & Engineering Prototyping

 Home Automation

Home TV Lift
Home TV Lift

IoT Applications - Wireless Enabled Actuators

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Automotive

  • Create dynamic spoiler control
  • Open up your hood with less effort

Special effect for films and events (Like Halloween displays!)

Make a coffin open for Halloween
Make a coffin open for Halloween

 ...Basically, If you need to move something, the Maker Muscle actuator can help!

The options are endless.

Create the perfect speed and power by combining the right motor with the right drive screw for your needs. Use the motor you like to work with, like a geared DC motor, or my favorite, the stepper motor.

Use your favorite motors
Use your favorite motors

Make it extend to any length you want by just modifying a few parts. Need it to be 1inch?...or maybe 3 feet? Maker Muscle reaches out.


Add mounting anywhere you like with it’s T-Slot system on all 4 sides. You can even mount the electronics on the body.

Mount your brackets and parts anywhere.
Mount your brackets and parts anywhere.

Customize and add more features that you want so it does exactly what you need, like endstops, or encoders.

With all these features you’ll have the perfect actuator without breaking the bank.

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Why did I start this?

I started this project because of a need I had while building a 3D scanner for scanning people, simply put: a 3D selfie robot. When I went to look for actuators, I found the selection was limited and if I needed a customized actuator, I got quoted for hundreds or thousands of dollars. This obviously wasn't going to help my project.

So I did what most makers do when you can't find something...You make it! After making my own actuator they way I wanted, and in the process I realized that there's a huge gap in the actuator market that's missing for Makers, hobbyist, educators, and professionals.

So Maker Muscle was born to help create awesome robotic projects at much lower costs than ever before.

Now I need your help to get this off the ground running. I have successfully delivered 2 kickstarter projects in the past so I know what it takes to deliver this one. The cool part is that I already have most of the major parts designed and lined up for manufacturing. I even have the first batch of the Maker Muscle core ready to go. The only thing missing is your pledge and the amazing projects you are going to create with the Maker Muscle.

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to share this with your maker friends.

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing is quite a challenge sometimes, I know. I already have 2 successful Kickstarter projects completed and delivered that I learn a lot from, so I believe this project can go pretty smooth with my past experiences. To help make this happen, I've jump-started the process and already have in my hands the first batch of Maker Muscle core aluminum extrusion, so all that is left is to produce is the accessories and attachments. There's just a little bit fine tuning left on some part designs for production, but the design of the Maker Muscle core is already done.

Of course, the world isn't perfect and we can't predict every problem, but I've been planning this for a while and considered my resources carefully. With that said, I'm going to do my best to overcome any delays or issues that may arise.

In addition, I promise to be honest and transparent on the major aspects of the production of the Maker Muscle to make sure everyone knows what's going on.

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