Most designers looking to make a small to medium sized mobile robot quickly discover that there are very few standards in the hobby robot industry, to the point that connecting products together is quite a complex design challenge. This article covers mostly mechanical patterns found in hubs and connectors which are available from a variety of hobby robotics parts manufacturers.
Many customers who use the Lynxmotion AL5 series robot arms have asked how they can mount a distance sensor to the end of the arm. Up until now, we never had an optimal solution, so we decided to release an upgrade kit which contains both a new mounting plate as […]
At Lynxmotion UAV we were looking at the future of our UAV / Drones lineup and had to take decisions for our next models. There are many ways to make a UAV frame and we wanted to keep the Lynxmotion spirit of being modular and expandable; something you can use to build […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Robot Leg Torque Tutorial is intended to compliment the RobotShop Leg Torque Calculator found in the Dynamic Tools section of the RobotShop Learning Center. This tutorial explains how to find the torques acting at each degree of freedom of a 6-legged (hexapod), 3DOF / leg “insect” robotic leg. Hexapod […]
Are you looking to make a wheeled robot and not sure what size wheel you need? Here we provide an insight into some of the equations which affect your robot’s speed and distance traveled. Angular Velocity The velocity (feet per second) of a robot is directly related to the angular […]
Choosing the right DC Motor (or DC gear motor) for a specific application can be a daunting task and many manufacturers only provide basic motor specifications. These basic specifications might not be sufficient for your needs. Listed below are ideal motor specifications and whenever possible, ways to approximate values. […]