Flux Integration has unveiled a new low cost precision robotic arm called the FLX.ARM, which is available to purchase with prices starting from just $1,700 and is available for 3D printing, light duty milling and electronics assembly.
The FLX.ARM has been specifically designed for manufacturing and engineering professionals and offers a SCARA robot or Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm. Check out the video after the jump to learn more from its creators.
The FLX.ARM offers a reach of [406.4 mm] in the X-Y plane and [203.2 mm] of Z travel and the FLX.ARM.S16.Z8 has been created to provide users with a large configurable workspace. Flux Integration explains more about the design and inspiration for their FLX.ARM precision robotic arm.
“Low-cost precision robotic arms can cost on average from $10k – $40k. Much of the cost is in the development and manufacturing of the robotic joints. We have reduced the cost of manufacturing and assembling the robotic joint by using off-the-shelf components for actuation and by automating the manufacturing and calibration processes.
We have engineered and manufactured every component on the FLX.ARM to enable it to be the most precise, low-cost, and extensible platform on the market. The FLX.ARM.S16.Z8 is a SCARA robot. SCARA stands for Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm.
This simply means the robot arm moves along the X-Y plane and uses an additional actuator to move along the Z-Axis. By restricting movement to the X-Y plane the robot arm is able to maintain rigidity in the Z-Axis without requiring the joints to overcome gravity.”
The FLX.ARM precision robotic arm project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $50,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production and is already over halfway with 14 days remaining.
So if you think FLX.ARM is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help FLX.ARM become a reality.
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