This is a Robot Arm with 5-axis range of motion allowing movements similar to assembly line robots. It was designed to offer the highest quality while remaining one of the most affordable robotic arms on the market.
Three years ago, we created MandleBot, a 5-axis aluminum robotic arm currently being used in schools, robotics clubs, summer camps and even factories. We have enjoyed sharing our passion for robotics with a lot of people and it has inspired us to now do it on a larger scale.
My team and I wanted to create a robotics experience that would be available to anyone interested in this hot and futuristic subject, whether just starting out or already quite experienced. Our goal has been to create a robot that meets our exacting quality standards while remaining affordable.
Another goal was to create a robot that could be used in schools to motivate students to learn more about science, engineering and robotics. Such a robot needs to be highly functional, configurable and visually appealing.
What do you get when you order the Robot Arm kit?
The kit includes: a black and clear acrylic body with a set of screws, nuts and standoffs, six high torque servomotors, a bearing base, Arduino with Servo Shield, wiring, USB cable and a power supply. You also get the standard gripper head module, a Robotic Studio license and the Assembly Manual.
Everyone who orders a robot will receive a free Robotic Studio license. Robotic Studio functions with Microsoft Windows only. This software is the result of thousands of hours of development by my team and I. It enhances what you can achieve with the robot by executing complex automations that would otherwise be impossible to do manually. Robotic Studio allows you to move the robot with a game controller and execute different series of recorded steps. You can connect up to 10 robots at the same time in Robotic Studio to create amazing automations.
There is a wide selection of add-ons you can choose from to add to your bundle. Several head modules are available such as the pen, the advanced gripper, and the palletizer head. They can be added to your Maximo individually if they are not included in the reward you choose.
How to assemble it?
Assembling the 225 parts of the arm is an easy process. In fact, the only thing required to build the robot is a Phillips-head screwdriver. We provide a simple step-by-step guide to help you build it. Even a beginner can put Maximo together and get it to work in less than three hours.
In order to bring more features, we’ve created several modular heads. These heads can be changed within seconds. They were designed to be easy to install and remove.
The Standard gripper head module is the head included with every Maximo kit. It works like a pair of pliers, with the jaws opening and closing to grab all kinds of objects.
The Advanced gripper head module is more sophisticated than the standard claw and allows Maximo to grab objects by applying balanced pressure to the object. Very useful for grabbing small and rounded objects.
The Palletizer head module is a miniature reproduction of the ones used in factories and warehouses. A must-have to raise small wood pallets and other stuff.
The Pen-holder head module allows you to put various objects on Maximo’s head. You can use Maximo to draw, paint and even play music!
All parts of the robot are engineered to allow customization. Part sizes are meant to be compatible to allow different configurations. It’s simple to add more features to the arm by fixing additional components to its surfaces. For example, a webcam can easily be attached to Maximo to capture some cool footage from the perspective of the robot.
As an Educational Tool
As an Educational Tool, this robot is a great way to introduce children to robotics and help them discover technologies that are currently used on assembly lines.
By using our robot, children will develop useful skills for the future since science and technology are now such key parts of everyday life. We have created a special pledge for teachers, you could ask your local charity organization (Optimist International, Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, etc.) to help them finance the purchase of the robots for your school.
We have two curriculums created by an Educational Adviser for middle and high school students. Each curriculum includes 15 exercises to carry out using our robot. Contact us for more info about the curriculums.
Risks and challenges
We already have fully working prototypes as a result of the R&D we did prior to the Kickstarter campaign. The design is close to final, but we will improve some aspects of the arm before we start shipping. My team and I have already produced a robotic arm in the past and this is our second Kickstarter campaign. We have learned a lot from these experiences and we are confident that our project will be successful. We are already in contact with several suppliers and companies for the manufacture of Maximo. Delivering the robot will not be a problem either since we have already had experience when doing our previous Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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