High-accuracy small 6-axis industrial robot arm

Channel: Mecademic


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Meca500 is a miniature six-axis robotic arm for industrial and laboratory automation. It is by far the most compact and accurate industrial robot. Indeed, the robot's controller is embedded in its base and the manipulator combines precision machined aluminum links with harmonic drive gearheads and brushless DC motors.

This desktop robotic arm comes with intuitive programming and simulation software. Meca500 can be easily interfaced through an Ethernet connection and used with ROS.

Technical specifications: http://www.mecademic.com/Meca500_Brochure-EN.pdf

1Q: Is the robot already available?
1A: We started shipping the Meca500 robot arm in July 2016. The current delivery time is about a month.

2Q: Why does the robot twist when inserting/removing the pins?
2A: Mecademic offers a highly compact two-finger parallel gripper that is actuated by the robot's sixth motor. With this gripper, the robot has only five DOFs and is best at manipulating axisymmetric objects. For example, it can insert a pin in any hole within the robot's workspace. However, it cannot control the rotation of the pin about the pin's axis of symmetry. If you wish to use all six DOFs of the robot, you need to purchase a gripper from a third party (e.g., from Festo or Schunk).

3Q: What is the repeatability of Meca500?
3A: It's better than 5 micrometers (https://youtu.be/RBV6mrYEK38).