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Offline Evan3846Topic starter

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Robotic Arm Design
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:56:30 AM »
Hello All,

I'm a student and am in the process of designing a robotic arm for a research company. I am planning on using the Axon II MCU but am having difficulty finding motors. The arm needs to have 3 DOFs and the main 'shoulder' joint motor needs to have a torque of around 10Nm. The only problem is that it needs to be able to hold the position for around 30 seconds, so my question is what would be better servos or stepper motors and have you got any reccomendations on what ones to use?

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Evan

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Re: Robotic Arm Design
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 12:44:36 PM »
Hi,

[...] the main 'shoulder' joint motor needs to have a torque of around 10Nm. The only problem is that it needs to be able to hold the position for around 30 seconds, so my question is what would be better servos or stepper motors and have you got any reccomendations on what ones to use?
You're not talking about R/C servos (hobby servos) I hope?
10Nm equals ~102 kgf-cm or ~1416 ozf-in.

I'd rather do it with a DC motor, sufficiently geared down of course.
How fast should it move?
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Søren

A rather fast and fairly heavy robot with quite large wheels needs what? A lot of power?
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Re: Robotic Arm Design
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2011, 04:51:07 AM »
The servo I was looking at was http://www.robotshop.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pc=RB-Ins-01 which could do 11.3Nm. The arm doesn't have to move fast at all, it just needs to be able to hold that weight.

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Re: Robotic Arm Design
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011, 09:39:29 AM »
Hi,

The servo I was looking at was http://www.robotshop.com/ProductInfo.aspx?pc=RB-Ins-01 which could do 11.3Nm. The arm doesn't have to move fast at all, it just needs to be able to hold that weight.

OK, that's not a typical servo - extremely slow (90° in 1.5 seconds or the equivalent of 10 RPM) and outrageously expensive at $290  :(

Unless you have someone paying the bills, perhaps you might wanna consider something like this motor at less than a third ($90 to be specific) and with a speed of 720 RPM, which equates to 90° in ~20.8ms (although this is the running speed, it will be a little slower in start-stop conditions). The torque is higher as well.
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Søren

A rather fast and fairly heavy robot with quite large wheels needs what? A lot of power?
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Re: Robotic Arm Design
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2011, 10:16:28 AM »
Ah yes I did think it was a tad expensive and bulky. That motor looks perfect for the job!  :) 

Thank you very much for the advice

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Re: Robotic Arm Design
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011, 08:26:18 PM »
90° in 1.5 seconds for the lifting base section of a robot arm isn't slow :P

Anyway, before you decide what is cheaper, make sure you price out a quadrature encoder + motor driver for that motor. ;D

 


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