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The Robot Torque Arm Calculator is intended to help you choose the right motor for each joint of your robotic arm. The torque (T) required at each joint is calculated as a worst case scenario (lifting weight at 90 degrees). Ensure your units are consistent. Most common units are kg-cm and oz-in. Take a look at the Robot Arm Torque Tutorial for more information.

  • L: length from pivot to pivot.
  • M: link mass
  • A: Actuator (servo or other) mass. Note: same units as for link masses.
  • A1: can represent the load being lifted.
Robot Arm Torque Calculator

Robot Arm Torque Calculator

Use the image above to help you determine which torque corresponds to which joint. Note the numbering starts with the extremity of the arm, so the final torque is the one lifting the entire arm (start from A1 being the load you wish to carry at full reach.). The torque shown is the STALL TORQUE you can use for your search.

L: [cm] M: [kg] A: [kg] T: [kg cm]
L1: M1: A1: T1:
L2: M2: A2: T2:
L3: M3: A3: T3:
L4: M4: A4: T4:
L5: M5: A5: T5:
L6: M6: A6: T6:


5 Responses to “Robot Arm Torque Calculator”

  1. Mohan Kumar S

    Required this torque calculation for our newly developed Industrial Automation and Robotics Laboratory.
    Mohan Kumar S
    Asst. Professor
    Mechanical Engineering Department
    Vidya Vikas Institute of Engineering and Technology
    Alanahally 570028 Mysuru – Karnataka – India

  2. aishwarya poojary

    thanks a to calculate the torque for a cylindrical robot arm which has one rotary and 2 linear joints

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