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Components kit for designing and building a collaborative robot

18 March 2016

igus introduces robolink D, a low cost, direct driven joint kit designed for use within lean automation.

Currently available in three joint sizes, 20, 30 and 50, the components kit compromises articulated joints, iglidur PRT slewing ring bearings, a worm gear and a plastic housing that can be equipped with igus stepper motors and connecting components. 

Robert Dumaybe, director, igus comments that “until now, the stepper motors were not placed in the robotic joint itself, but instead in a separate drive unit, driven by means of Bowden wires coupled to it. In order to carry higher loads with better precision, robolink D is our second concept where the motors are integrated into the joints. The direct drive makes the robolink articulated system tougher and more durable than before, opening up more opportunities for lean automation.”

Once built, the robot is designed to be collaborative, giving manufacturers and engineers the opportunity to develop a safe working environment. Potential application areas range from automotive production to medical technology. Whether used as individual components or as a complete system, the modular design allows a high degree of flexibility, with an articulated arm capable of up to 6° of freedom. This made the robolink D suitable for simple pick and place tasks, repetitive tasks and in situations where robotics would enhance productivity. 

The designer is free to select their own control solution, with choices ranging from stepper motor control cards, PLCs or educational solutions such as Mathlab, Labview and ROS. 

For more information and to watch a short video, visit the igus website

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