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EEZYbotARM

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EEZYbotARM by daGHIZmo Sep 21, 2015

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This is a 3D printed robotic arm

The intent was to design something "easy" and cheap to built with a good visual impact also.

Test video: https://youtu.be/qovZKW0DxWk
https://youtu.be/N55W8TdMfCo

I spent time to look around the web at some examples available that could be a good starting from, and between all I found interesting the phenoptix MeArm V4 project (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:360108) especially for the simplicity and low cost of parts involved.
So I kept only the kinematics geometry and redesign all parts including the gripper


23/09/15
updated instruction and round ramp stl (R01), added ball stl
preliminary tests video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9C_3WHr1G0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OFL6MxbPIM


25/09/15
updated gripper r01 files


04/10/15
added instructables link in instruction

Instructions

I made an Instructables here : http://www.instructables.com/id/EEZYbotARM/

In all joint I use M4 screws with round head
For the vertical arm I prefer to guarantee a better precision using two brass pipes. the lower one stay in position kept by the servos, the upper one is crossed by a M3 screw (I'll post a better explaining image)

First tests has been made with cheap servo sg90
http://www.servodatabase.com/servo/towerpro/sg90

than I changed the more stressed with metal gear servos MG90
http://www.servodatabase.com/servo/towerpro/mg90s
only for the claw I left the plastic one (but this can be of your choice)

For driving the bot I made a lot of experiment using all the available method with arduino : sketches, potentiometers, joystick, WII nunchuck …. but at the end I discover a nice controller from Pololu that solves all the problem related to the servo driving in the easiest way. You can attach up to 6 – 12 – 24 servos depend of the controller type and it is provided with a software that give you the power to drive the servo in manual moving slides in the mean time you are able to set the values of speed and acceleration for any singular item. You can also build sequences of commands in a easy way, store them in the controller o get the code automatically. GREAT !

here the link of the Pololu servo controller
https://www.pololu.com/product/1352

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Hello,

First of all, congrats with such a nice design ! Keep up the good work ! (I also like your Delta Bot)
I want to use your EEZYbotARM in a clock-design with balls.
However, I want to have the grabber itself in a downward position, instead of a forward position (like in the Delta Bot).
Can you please send me the source-file of "EBA_01.00.012_R01_claw_support" ? (Iges/Step/Solidworks, it doesn't matter)
Or maybe you can change the position of the claw support for horizontal to vertical and add is as an STL to your project ?

Thank you,
best regards from Belgium,
Kris

Well, it looks great. The viedos are really good as well. That is probably what made me print it.

Printed great. However the instructions suck. Like there isn't any. Link to indistructable leads to more promotional stuff, but no real instructions from what I can tell. I can't figure out what screws I should be using. I don't have that micro controller, and I don't see any software. What gives? Am I missing something? If so, what and where. I've found better robot arms, that use an arduino, and are actively being developed. I'll be moving my servos to one of those I think.

Wow awesome project! I'm keen to try it.

As you use a separate board: Is it also possible to provide the necessary current directly from an adruino board? Or should I use a separate power supply?

Thanks!

better a separate supply

Bellissimo progetto, complimenti!
Quale è l'unità di misura dei file .STL, mm oppure cm.?
Grazie.

Great project. Well designed. Maestro controller is the way to go. First set it up with an Arduino while waiting for the Maestro controller to come in the mail. Thanks!

Hello would you mind sharing you arduino files?

Looks really good! Can you give us an aproximate radius of action? Thanks!

Is it possible to use arduino nano/micro with this arm? Will the code work, or is easy to find? Because I have few of them and don't want to buy another microcontroller :/

"What is my purpose?"
"You pass butter."

Feb 10, 2016 - Modified Feb 10, 2016
jlwilliams03 - in reply to comklene

"Oh my god...."

Thanks for sharing

buenas tardes,
no tengo cuenta en instructables... sera que alguien me puede hacer el favor de compartir los archivos para poder ver la parte elecronica??
gracias
[email protected]

Hi, Can you make a big draw sheet for this? so i can cut it out of wood? That would be nice!

I design this to be expressly obtained from a 3Dprinter. If you prefer to make it from a sheet of wood or acrylic it is better to follow Phenoptix MeArm http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:360108 or even Jazzmyn Remix MeArm http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:499654

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You should use servos with position controllers instead of stepper motors, it will give it a much higher holding torque and a smoother travel.

Thanks for the info.... but could you suggest any ?

Dec 16, 2015 - Modified Dec 16, 2015
rgpeach10 - in reply to daGHIZmo

Unfortunately not for hobbyists. I work in industry, the motors I would recommend would be several hundred dollars minimum and much bigger than this arm. However, I am hoping to make a homemade arm which is bigger than this sometime soon. Like, a meter tall or so. I'll let you know if I find anything cheap.

Anyway, a 1/2HP 120V AC 3-Phase Motor could handle just about anything for about $100, and then you could use gears and pulleys to control which axis it was driving.

It's name is eezy just because is the smallest bot arm with the cheapest servo available. For sure a bigger size requires something different (less easy!)

Hi,

Do you have SolidWorks or IGES files

What was the fill u used when printing each piece.

Thx

Usually I use a 3 wall and a 25% infill

Hallo, habe an Achse 3 noch 2 Messing-Teile Durchmesser 25x10 angebracht, Somit wird das Gewicht vorn vom Greifer ausgeglichen und das ganze läuft ruhiger und ruckfreier.
Damit Achse 1 besser läuft hab ich zusätzlich ein Kugellager eingebaut um das ganze zu stabilisieren
Wo kann ich dir Bilder senden?
Ist wirklich ein super Teil dieser Arm .I like it.

Gruß Matthias

Hallo,
compliments I thought about adding a spring but not a counterweight. I thought also to add spheres but I was confident that they were not necessary due to the low weight acting on the vertical axis and I did not want to further complicate the construction

Nov 17, 2015 - Modified Nov 17, 2015

Hi,

where can I find/buy the brass pipes?

I bought them in a local hardware store (in Italy) but this doesn't matter, it's not mandatory, also different material or tipe of pins, also a cutted screw can do the job

thx very much. I am also very interested to make one of your GREAT arm.

and gathering the screws these days

for brass pipe , u may visit
https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a1z0k.7385961.1997525049.3.jdtVi0&id=16959701667

and cut it to your length

Nov 15, 2015 - Modified Dec 8, 2015

Great design! What program did you use to model it? Would it be possible to get the source files? I like customizing parts before I print them with my Prusa i3, and the stl format makes this difficult. If not, I understand.

Keep up the good work!

I really like your 4-Bar arm, simple yet sturdy. If you don't mind, i'll remix it with a different base, gripper, and a camera mount. Looks like you used SolidWorks, but if it's possible to get the drawings for the top servo mount and grippers, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! Keep up the good work

WOW..... mi era proprio sfuggito che era il tuo questo lavoro....... bellissimo...... complimenti...... "mi fai venire l'acquolina in bocca"..... ;-)

ebbene si .... in effetti qesto sarebbe uno studio perchè vorrei farne uno un pò più grandino e performante in termini di payload con degli stepper. Se la tipologia interessa, sto per terminare anche un'altro robottino questa volta tipo "spider" delta ....

Great job! I'm curious if you can improve smoothness of the arm's motion by balancing the weight induced torque on the servos. For example, add some springs to offset the tendency for a linkage to droop due to its own weight. Then the driving torque would be more balanced for + and - moves on any given axis.

for sure this could be a good way. Also I consider adding spring to help servos in position too out of balance. But this was my first impression then, thinkin better, it is clear that the servo wich have more problem is the vertical rotation axis when is in his rest position with virtually no charge, so the holding torque produce spikes that alternately moves the sevo in two opposite direction trying to keep it centerd
One test could be reducing drammatically the acceleartion value and the other, with the axis in a steady position,try to manually charge it in one direction. If the second works, problem would be how to charge with a spring the vertcal axis

Is there any way you could upload a version of this with the majority of similar thickness parts being 3mm thick instead of various thicknesses? That way we could all laser cut more parts of it :) great project man!

if you prefer to use laser cutted parts then is better start with the MeArm V04 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:360108

MeArm V0.4 - Pocket Sized Robot Arm

Good work! I want to know is there any algorithm to make a stable move of the arm with the factory Pololu? Or you need to write the parameters to control it?

I have a Kinect controlled arm here:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:234482
I wrote the firmware, but it seems not very stable when I move it, I want to know if I can improve it by using this Pololu.

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I'm impressed by your work also, when I get time I would like to try using Kinet .
Unfortunately I got a mechanical background so I can't help about softwares and firmwares.
My conclusion is that doesn't depend all from the control board or firmware, but mainly is due to the fact that 9g servo are a little weak for the job. So when they're in rest position some spikes in the hold torque make them shaking. I try MG90 also that are a little stonger but not enought, and inevitably performance decay making the more overstressed begin to shake (on my robot arm appen on the vertical axis)
Unfortunately use stronger servos involve more costs, weight and space.

Thank you for your reply, if the servo strength is the case, I think it even better, that means I don't need to change the code, let me try this MG90 or more stronger servos :)

Excellent.

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Have you thought on using steppers and a hotend? Would print super quick

very small stepper could be an idea could you suggest one?

What are you using for Servo Motors?

Sep 22, 2015 - Modified Sep 25, 2015
daGHIZmo - in reply to RCzepil

first test were made with very cheap SG90 servos, than I switched on Tower Pro MG90S leaving SG90 only for the claw.
This construction is a litlle heavier than meArm so MG90 (metal gear) are preferable because more resistant

This is sweet! A scaled up version of this with stepper motors would be so awesome!!! keep up the good work.

i'm looking forward for a new scaled up version with stepper motors, but i would like to use a complete different kinematics geometry

How large is the largest printed part?

everything fits comfortably in the print area of my Prusai3 (200x200x200) Anyway the biggest part are: the basement that has the fixing plate diameter of 95 mm, the horizontal arm that is 126 mm long and the circular ramp with a diameter of 115mm and an height of 112 mm

Thanks,
I am using M3D printer which has Base Print Area: 109mm x 113mm so I will need to print the horizontal arm on a diagonal and not be able to print the ramp.

How do you like the M3D machine? I have been bouncing around buying one but need so real feedback.

it is a great first printer, the drawbacks are small print area and not heated print bed. there are ways around each which require you to learn more and different software. I got mine at $400 for the printer and 2 spools so was a goodprice point but for $200 more I could have gotten both a bigger print bed and heated bed. I am not sorry I got this one at all.

ramp is a gadget!, you can make it in any other way with other materials or it can be cut in two pieces by the slicing software

im thinking about making 2 arms one to load a DVD duplicator and one to remove the DVDS

Nov 10, 2015 - Modified Nov 10, 2015
Lorduncan - in reply to danellyn

that sounds a really cool aplication of this great idea.
I sugest you to modificate it to keep the servos wires inside the "tubes" of the arms, to make it look more clean and professional :)

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