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Powerful, open-source industrial servo motor

20 July 2016

Mechaduino is an affordable, open-source, industrial servo motor that features position, torque, velocity and custom modes and is Arduino compatible.

Image courtesy of Kickstarter/Tropical Labs

Mechaduino is a self-contained motion control platform which allows you to develop your own custom servo mechanisms. It can also be used as a drop-in servo motor for 3D printers and CNC machines. 

Engineers use servo motors to achieve the precision motion required in applications such as robotics, automation, and CNC manufacturing. Like RC servos, industrial servos actively correct for external disturbances. Unlike RC servos, industrial servos can provide very accurate motion, and often support advanced motion control modes. Unfortunately the cost of industrial servos is prohibitive to the individual maker (thousands of pounds per motor).

Tropical Labs have been opening the door to sophisticated mechatronics applications. The Mechaduino design leverages the low cost of mass produced stepper motors with a high resolution via 14b encoder feedback (after calibration routine).

Mechaduino began as a personal project that grew out of the recurring need for an affordable and capable servo motor.  

This is a Kickstarter project, for more information click here.

Video courtesy of Tropical Labs.

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