Robert Toppel and his team will talk about bringing the pr0t0n arm to market. e1ectr0n is a spinoff of Axiom Electronics who has been hosting our meetings. pr0t0n is targeted at high-mix, low-volume manufacturing. It is focused at skilled workers who can train the arm for repetitive tasks. A goal is to mitigate the shortage of the high skilled worker required for low-volume manufacturing.
pr0t0n supports two training methods: game controller precision movements and keyboard code tasks. It is driven by a dual-core ARM processor with an FPGA embedded PID controller. It supports real time inverse kinematics and 5-axis movement. An effector roll servo adds another axis. Its rated payload is 4.4 pounds with a reach of 21.5 inches.
See https://www.e1ectr0n.com for details.
OPEN MANIPULATOR BUILD REPORT
We will also provide a build report by members assembling the Robotis Open Manipulator. It employs Dynamixel X series servos. ROS supports its OpenCR controller. It has a 500 gram payload with a 14.9 inch reach.
See http://emanual.robotis.com/docs/en/platform/openmanipulator_x/overview/ for details.