Build your own robot arm, for €6370 – in distribution

December 01, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Distributor RS Components has added two robot arm construction kits that, says maker igus, comprise an affordable means of removing the guesswork from system design, with simple and cost effective creation of robots of up to four axes and four degrees of freedom now within easy reach of any engineer or application.

The two robotic ‘bundles’, which contain all of the components required to build a four-axis robotic arm, aim to bring robotic solutions to a far wider audience; as well as providing the functional capabilities of a robotic solution, the bundles also offer significant cost savings versus buying the individual parts separately.


Each of the two available kits comprise the parts required to build an igus Robolink D robotic arm ( – one with a 1 kg capacity (listed at time of writing at £4550/€6370 and another with a 4 kg capacity and longer reach (£5550/€7770). Both can offer up to four axes and four degrees of freedom and are suitable for use in applications including R&D departments, educational establishments, laboratories and small/medium industrial factories; anywhere where a reliable, precise, affordable and flexible collaborative bench robotic arm is needed.


In addition to the parts required to build the robotic arm, RS has also devoted a significant part of its DesignSpark website over to educational videos and instructions that will help users to pair the robot with controllers and programming solutions, giving them the freedom to choose a programming language and control hardware that is best suited to their precise requirements or to simply integrate them into an existing factory automation control infrastructure.


The DesignSpark website contains a number of tutorials, including videos created by Massimo Temporelli, President and Founder of The Fablab, in Milan. The tutorials, listed on the following page, can all be referenced from each other, depending on the user’s stage in the build process, contain all the necessary instructions to build a working robotic model.


By deploying this approach, users can have the confidence that they can build a robotic solution that matches their precise needs as opposed to “dumbing down” a much more expensive unit. The open-source control solution also makes integration easier, and allows the robot to easily connect into what are steadily becoming even more connected enterprises and smart factories. RS adds that compact and affordable does not mean lower performance – these robots easily compete with more expensive robots in their class.




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