TROBOT: A Miniature Articulated Robot using arduino

The TROBOT is a miniature six-axis articulated robot, modeled after large industrial & assembly line robots. The prototype versions were developed to be interfaced with ABBā€™sĀ Robot Studio software. Robot Studio was designed to program, simulate, and debug real industrial robots in an offline virtual environment. This project uses the power of ABBā€™s ā€˜Virtual Robot Controllerā€™ to actually generate robot positional data and to communicate directly to the TROBOT over Ethernet.

The TROBOT 3.0 was made from ABS with a few minor tweaks to the design.  ABS was chosen because it is a durable and very tough plastic, and can be chemically welded (bonded) to form tough glue joints.

Complete detailed projectĀ documentationĀ and source code can be found here:

ā€¢ TROBOT 3.0, Honorable Mention ā€“ TI Design Stellaris 2010


ā€¢ TROBOT 2.0, Honorable Mention ā€“ WizNET iMCU 2010

A new Kickstarter project is underway to develop a larger, more robust version of the TROBOT. Ā Backers of this project can select from rewards including complete TROBOT 3.0 (as shown here) or 4.0 (coming soon) kits. Ā For more information checkout the projectĀ TROBOT 4.0: A Miniature Articulated Robot Ā and find out how you can get your own TROBOT kit (Limited Time Only)!

Step 1: TROBOT 1.0

The TROBOT was created after I figured out a way to use ABBā€™s Robot Studio software to communicate over Ethernet. I created the TROBOT just to see if I could make a miniature robot work ā€“It worked surprisingly well. Now my goal is to create a low-cost robot that can do something significant.

The TROBOT 3.0 was made from ABS with a few minor tweaks to the design.  ABS was chosen because it is a durable and very tough plastic, and can be chemically welded (bonded) to form tough glue joints.

Step 2: TROBOT 2.0

The TROBOT 2.0 is made of 3/16ā€³ thick acrylic. Ā The wood base from version 1 was replaced with an acrylic cut design. Ā Metal Gear servos were used for the lower 3 axes.

Step 3: TROBOT 3.0

The TROBOT 3.0 was made from ABS with a few minor tweaks to the design. Ā ABS was chosen because it is a durable and very tough plastic, and can be chemically welded (bonded) to form tough glue joints.

 

For more detail: TROBOT: A Miniature Articulated Robot

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Ibrar Ayyub

I am an experienced technical writer with a Master's degree in computer science from BZU Multan University. I have written for various industries, mainly home automation, and engineering. I have a clear and simple writing style and am skilled in using infographics and diagrams. I am a great researcher and is able to present information in a well-organized and logical manner.

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