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Low cost robots for hobbyists and teaching

I’ve put together a list of (relatively) low-cost robots, arms as well as mobile robots (wheeled and flying). It is far from exhaustive but might be interesting. Contact me if you want to add something to the list.

Model
Vendor
# joints
Payload (g)
Reach (mm)
Resolution
Tool
Interface
Processor
programming
Price
Notes
PhantomX Pincher Robot Arm Kit Mark II – Turtlebot ArmTrossen Robotics470g@200mm310?parallel jaw gripperUSB serialARBOTIX-M (16MHz ATMEGA644p)Arduino + WiringUSD 380
PhantomX Reactor Robot Arm KitTrossen Robotics4400g@200mm380USB serialARBOTIX-M (16MHz ATMEGA644p)Arduino + WiringUSD 599.95
WidowXTrossen Robotics5
RobotGeek Snapper Arduino Robotic ArmTrossen Robotics450285?parallel jaw gripperUSB serialARBOTIX-M (16MHz ATMEGA644p)Arduino + WiringUSD 229.95
Orion 5Raw Robotics52000.33deg per axisUSB/WiFiPython, JavaScript, MATLAB, C/C++ libraries
Lynxmotion AL5DRobot Shop45140.09deg per axisUSBFlowArm PLTW, graphical environment for windowsUSD 358
uArm SwiftUFactory35005mmvacuum gripperUSB/BlueToothuArm swift, looks like ScratchUSD 499Parallelogram structure. Options include extruder, laser engraver, vision system, paraell jaw gripper, pen holder
uArm Swift ProUFactory45003200.2mmvacuum gripperArduino Mega 2560US D 839Parallelogram structure. Options include extruder, laser engraver, vision system, paraell jaw gripper, pen holder
xArmUFactory650006900.1mmvacuum gripperRS485 + Modbus RTUROS, PythonUSD 5000preorder, may have force control capability
MeArm PiMime Industries3???parallel jaw gripperRaspberry PiUSD 89Parallelogram structure, gripper always parallel to ground, includes joysticks, RPi not included
MeArm ClassicMime Industries3???parallel jaw gripperArduino or Raspberry PiUSD 42Parallelogram structure, gripper always parallel to ground, no processor included
C-9895Fadisel/cebekit4???parallel jaw gripperUSBscratchGBP 38.99No longer sold?
xArmLewanSoul50.24degparallel jaw gripperserial/BTARMScratch, ArduinoUSD199iOS/Android control app
LeArmLewanSoulparallel jaw gripper
SainSmartAmazon5USD199
MagicianDOBOT45003200.1mmparallel jaw gripper, pen holder, suction gripper + pumpUSB/WiFi/BTDobot studio software for Windows, DobotBlockly, ROSUSD1499Comes with 10 i/o signals plus stepper motor drivers. Options include: linear track, extruder (for 3D printing), laser engraver, conveyor.
Robotis RM-X52-TNMRobotis4500380parallel jaw gripperTTL serialnot included, could use ArbotixUSD 1199Uses Dynamixel XM-430 servos

Click here to see the Google Spreadsheet version which also includes mobile robots.


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