Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building the Makeblock Strong Robot Gripper

This morning I built this cool manipulator from Makeblock. Called the Strong Robot Gripper, it's built from laser-cut acrylic parts and uses a small DC motor with a threaded rotor that opens and closes the gripper. It's funny that it doesn't use a servo, but using a screw drive to close the gripper probably is slow enough that you don't have to worry about the hand getting damaged from the motor being turned too much. I still need to play around with it, but at least the gripper is built!