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Motors & Actuators

Motors and Actuators make your projects move! Some actuators are better suited for specific tasks, others can be adapted by mechanical edge to create the rotation or motion needed.


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  • 12V, 26RPM 120:1 Gear Motor w / Encoder
    Good product
    Review by JOSE I.
    Good quality with good ratio gear
    (Posted on 7/22/14)
  • 12V, 17RPM 200:1 Gear Motor w / Encoder
    Good quality
    Review by JOSE I.
    Good quality product. The shaft can be better, but it is enought
    (Posted on 7/22/14)
  • 9g Continuous Rotation Micro Servo
    Wish we'd known about this several months ago!
    Review by Carol
    We ordered some servos that we intended to hack for continuous rotation, and when the time came, they were not hackable :-( Seems like that happens a lot. You don't want that to happen at the last minute. These worked great. Thanks!
    (Posted on 7/14/14)
  • 7.2VDC 291RPM 11oz-in GHM-03 Spur Gear Head Motor
    Ignore previous review.
    Review by Sasan
    I meant to review GHM-13 not GHM-03.

    The GHM-03 are not good for Rover in Tanking situations. Recommend GHM-13 for Rover over what is normally shipped with Rover.
    (Posted on 7/9/14)
  • 7.2VDC 291RPM 11oz-in GHM-03 Spur Gear Head Motor
    Worked as exepected with higher torque
    Review by Sasan
    Rover had trouble tanking with motors with lesser torque. These motors with 50:1 gear ration and higher torque achieved Tanking while other motors failed. Recommend these motors instead of what is sold with Rover. RPM not that important compared to stall performance and tanking.
    (Posted on 7/9/14)
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Robot Construction Kits

Posted on April 23, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under GoRobotics >> Education, Robotics Projects & Kits, Where to Start.

Robot Construction Kits can be distinguished from normal robot kits since they use modular parts and allow you to assemble different robots using the same parts. A robot kit on the other hand only allows you to build one robot. Robot construction kits are a great investment because they tend to include everything you need [...]
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Barobo Actuator Disassembly

Posted on February 19, 2014

By Coleman Benson & filled under Electronics, Mechanics, Tutorials.

Barobo‘s Linkbot all-in-one smart actuators allow anyone without any knowledge of robotics to create and “program” robots. Each actuator is packed with many features including: • Atmel AVR Microcontroller: Compatible with Arduino so you can re-flash with your own firmware using the on-board bootloader • ZigBee-Capable Radio: Communicate wirelessly with an 802.15.4-compliant radio, create mesh [...]
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Full Metal Dalek, Fiction Meets Dedication

Posted on September 19, 2013

By Carlos Asmat & filled under Entertainment.

Making replicas of robots seen in movies is not uncommon and there are many replicas of R2D2, Wall-E and Jonny 5 to name a few. Many of these incorporate a high level of detail while being faithful to the original robot’s look and feel. However, most of these replicas do not match (or at least [...]
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2013 Global Cloud Robotics Hackathon Participants

Posted on April 11, 2013

By Carlos Asmat & filled under Cloud Robotics, Competitions, RobotShop.

The Global Cloud Robotics Hackathon 2013 is currently taking place. The hacking marathon where participants compete to create the best cloud monitoring robotic application started on April 6th and will be ending on the 14th of the same month. So far 29 teams from all around the world are hard at work as shown on the hackathon [...]
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Robot Arm Torque Tutorial

Posted on February 28, 2013

By Coleman Benson & filled under Dynamic Tools, How To Make a Robot, Mechanics.

This tutorial is intended to complement the Robot Arm Torque Calculator found in the Dynamic Tools section of GoRobotics. The equations used in the calculator to determine the torque required at any given lifting joint (raising the arm vertically) in a robotic arm are presented here. Note that the term “actuator” is used rather than motor because [...]
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... is also shield compatible, so you can add all the shields, sensors, and actuators that you can normally add, except those that use pins 5, 6, 7, or 8 because those pins are used to control the motors.
2014-07-04 12:11 by jarcand
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Standard RC output PWM cables running victor 883 motor controllers at 12 volt 20 amp motors and spikes to turn on and off arm actuators that are 12 volt as well.
4 motor controls and 6 spikes.
2014-04-15 14:14 by Bubba
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... http://www.robotshop.com/blog/en/how-to-make-a-robot-lesson-3-actuators-2-3703 None of these really "remember" their position since they ... drive pan/tilt and power gearbox pan/tilt for some ideas. 3. As for the motors controlling the pitch, yaw, and roll of the camera platform, which ...
2014-03-03 15:12 by CBenson
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... I entirely understand the desired result.... Do you want to have the actuators turn on one at-a-time in the order you specified, or do you want ... and back down to stopped. This sequence is repeated for the other two motors with only a 30 ms wait between motors. There's no delays in the the ...
2014-01-20 16:34 by jarcand
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Hello, That's right, you actually need to connect the two motors leads (red and black from the actuator) to M1A and M1B (ex: red to M1A ... I am hoping this is not redundant; I am trying to actuate a few linear actuators IN A SEQUENTIAL manner. I am using motor shield v2 and arduino mega ...
2014-01-20 12:55 by behzadjk
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... Display & Lighting iv. Mechanics v. Microcontrollers & Accessories vi. Motors, Actuators & Controllers vii. Power Systems viii. Robot Sensors ix. UAV & Drone Parts b) Robots ...
2013-12-20 13:12 by CBenson
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... & Lighting iv. Mechanics v. Microcontrollers & Accessories vi. Motors, Actuators & Controllers vii. Power Systems viii. Robot Sensors ix. UAV & Drone Parts ...
2013-12-20 13:06 by CBenson
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... (only IN, not OUT). Would it be possible to connect two EMG30 gear motors from the Devantech RD02 robot drive system (RB-Dev-19) to a 3 pin ... a higher rpm than with just one motor. You should not power motors or actuators directly from the Arduino's pins! Can you draw the setup you have ...
2013-11-05 17:06 by CBenson
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Relays alone would do the job - so long as they can handle the current. Motor drivers / controllers are best for variable speed and/or automatic control.
2013-09-19 09:09 by CBenson
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[quote] The linear actuators act independently of one another. Is a dual motor drive the best choice, or would individual drivers for each actuator work better? I'd prefer to stick with the dual controller if possible due to the lower ...
2013-09-18 17:01 by wirvin
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Some joysticks have a spring return (usually used on the throttle) while others remain in their last position. For a "cruise control" you could use joysticks which do not have a spring return. Just an idea.
2013-09-13 15:52 by CBenson
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... looking at using the Sabertooth 2X25 motor controller for the drive motors, and possibly the Sabertooth 2X12 for the linear actuators. For the "cruise control" feature, it's largely based on the configuration of the ...
2013-09-13 15:32 by wirvin
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... motor controllers . These connect between the R/C receiver, battery and actuators. You can use one dual R/C for the drive motors and another for the linear actuators. For the "cruise control" feature, it's largely ...
2013-09-13 08:46 by CBenson
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... platform" similar to Jongig's 4-motor Yardbot. My robot has only 2 motors (hence 2 drive wheels in a skid-steer arrangement), with casters for ... 24VDC Wheelchair motors, roughly 6-8A current usage at no load. Linear Actuators: 12VDC, 150lb actuators with potentiometer feedback (RB-FRA-14) ...
2013-09-12 17:45 by wirvin
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... cups (usually requires a vacuum source with individual solenoids or actuators for each suction cup) - weight (a vacuum system capable of keeping ... how much additional weight you can add for the frame, battery, legs and motors.
2013-07-05 09:53 by CBenson
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