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3D Printed Robotic Arm V1

A 3D printed robotic arm powered by servo motors and Arduino control

Background

My second foray into robotics. After my first Arduino project I wanted to test the limits of my skills
DATE July 30, 2017
SKILLS Design, Programming, Electronics, Sourcing
STATE Continued in V3
yeet
poten
yeet-back
claw
claw-open
claw-under

Features

The arm is operated by rotating potentiometers to control the motors. To open and close the claw you press a button next to the potentiometers. An Arduino handles the input from the potentiometers and button and drives the servo motors.

Design process

Here’s a simple walkthrough of how I made this arm

  1. Sketched design concepts
  2. Wrote some geometric proofs and kinematic equations to dimension the arm; plotted kinematics on Matlab to drive dimensions
  3. Decided that I’m was ready to tackle this project
  4. Ordered metal hardware from eBay and Aliexpress
  5. Used the calculated dimensions and started making parts in Solidworks
  6. 3D printed the parts and began assembling them with the metal hardware
  7. Iterated the design several times until I was somewhat happy
  8. Designed electronics schematics
  9. Assembled electronics and wired them to arm
  10. The arm was ready to play with!