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Build Your Own Robot Arm

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  • Self assembly kit
  • Technologically advanced
  • Ideal way to get youngsters interested in science
  • Science fiction design
  • Hours of fun

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Package Quantity: 1
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm ; 767 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
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  • Batteries 4 D batteries required.
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up
  • Item model number: ROBOTARM
  • ASIN: B002HXTONC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)

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  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 3 years. For use under adult supervision
  • Warning: Toy inside. Adult supervision recommended
  • Warning: Only for domestic use
  • Warning: To be used under the direct supervision of an adult

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Product Description

Anyone who wants a fascinating technical challenge can build their own remote controlled robot arm with this absorbing self-assembly Build Your Own Robot Arm kit. Although simple to construct, building the robot arm is a great way to learn more about basic robot technology and control systems. I has got five motors for multi-directional control of five different joints, the robot arm features base rotation, shoulder, elbow and wrist motion as well as a functional gripping claw. The gripping claw also has an integrated LED spotlight for extra illumination of anything that you are going to pick up. The five-way directional control allows the robot arm to grab, lift, position, lower and release items smoothly and efficiently. A wired remote controller gives the user complete control over all of these functions, and in addition to learning about robotic operation during the assembly process, manually controlling the arm is the perfect way to learn more about how machines work.

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  • Robot Arm kit
  • Remote control
  • Instruction manual

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    Customer Reviews

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    201 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Rick on 7 July 2012
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    Be aware that THIS model is the cable controlled version and NOT a USB model.

    Your reviewer is a 59 year old Electronics Design Engineer.
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    The kit is well presented and the instructions are better than I expected.
    IF you have the space, you should place each metal part in an easily identifiable pot so you do not, like me, have to keep referring to the page with the drawings on.
    Some screws are very similar and if you force in the wrong one, you are done for the day.

    The motors are small and decent quality AND with suppression capacitors which is a nice touch too.
    If I have one a criticism here, it is that, at the end you have two motors with Blue/Black wiring BUT, in fairness, this is small beer and I mention it for completeness.

    If you have experience with other kits, such as TAMIYA models, you will feel right at home.
    Don't rush at the first stage.
    The temptation is to build the 4 identical LOOKING gearboxes but wait, there are parts for 5 gearboxes and ONE of the 4 housings needs a different colour OUTPUT gear, which is in a separate bag and you MAY at first think it is missing.

    Also... There are 10 plain gear shafts in the kit and ONE of these is 2mm shorter than the other 9 and this short shaft is needed for the gripper.
    Use it in ignorance in the wrong place at your peril !

    The kit simply falls together though it may tax the younger builder with the desire to rush the job.
    A warning here.. Do not over-tighten the self tapping screws as more rotation after the solid 'stop' is now drilling a hole and if you need to remove the screw for any reason, the plastic 'thread' will be severely weakened for next time.
    It's plastic.. Not a titanium composite, treat it gently.
    Also...
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    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cheez Monsta on 5 Aug 2013
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    This was bought for my 9-year old son. He found it quite tricky - the instructions are very good, but need very careful attention, as the difference between some parts are very minor. A number of times he found that he had to undo what had been done as he'd used a 'similar but different' part. That said, this would interest a 12 year old+ i would think - and the end result is very solid, works well from a remote control unit and looks the DBs. It is rated "Age 10+" and I would say that is spot on for solo build, or a bit younger if you want to co-build.
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    82 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Phil W on 23 Oct 2010
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    Love this to bits.. So well designed and made. A bit complicated to put together but excellent and well detailed pictures. Watch out for the gear shafts (small silver pins that the gears rotate on)as there is one that is 4mm shorter than the others and this one is needed for the last gripper assembly.. (had to take it all to bits to find it as had used it in the first motor by mistake!)

    10 out of 10!! everything worked first time and is loads of fun picking up bits and pieces!!! I teach electronics and am going to buy another so i can have one for the kids to see at school!

    you wont find it cheaper anywhere.. Maplins wanted £35.. cost including postage was £31.50 but could have been cheaper with free postage.. but i wanted it before half term.. Made it in about 2 hours and was so impressed by the design and how well all the pieces fitted together.

    Buy it and have fun!
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    80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By DC on 2 Jan 2011
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    At last! In a world where even Meccano has been dumbed-down and lego has become just another mechandise outlet comes a construction kit that provides a couple of hours of pure, challenging, thinking-boy's joy!

    This is meccano with attitude. You need to actually think during its construction, which, let's face it, is a rare treat these days. Unlike Meccano though, when the fun of construction is over another vista opens up when the robot is plugged into a PC and you control the servos through the USB software interface. This is probably the point at which younger children will become engaged. Even once the initial novelty of robotic control has waned a little, interested uses are left with the option of devising instruction sets to automate a sequence of motor tasks to produce a repeatable action.

    Remember that this thing needs 4 chunky D-size batteries to power the motors. It would be a nice touch to build in a mains DC adapter ... but if you are inspired by this product then a trip down to Maplin should sort this out in an afternoon.

    Some people have actually marked this product down because the construction is challenging. Stick with your Toy Story Lego then .. and keep the noise down. Some of us are trying to concentrate! :)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mr k a davies on 6 May 2014
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    Bought as a project for myself and my 9 year old son, and I really cannot rate this arm enough.

    The degrees of rotation and manipulation it can achieve are fantastic, the slip-gears that kick it when over extending a joint work well, and the speed of movement is perfect for a young child to control and play with.

    The parts come fresh-from-factory, NOTHING is pre-built for you. Construction took myself and my son a little over 2 hours to complete (and I'm a self-employed IT engineer and obsessive DIYer who is currently studying physics with the OU), hopefully this will give you an idea of the complexity involved. You even have to build the controller/PCB etc. However, this is a massive plus in my view - it requires you to think and forces you to really pay attention to the process involved, great learning for an early teen child.

    The instructions are very minimalistic, but as long as you take your time and double check what you are doing then you really can't make a mistake.

    Long nose pliers and a pair of different sized Philips are essential for a smooth build.

    Couple of important points:
    1) There are no spare parts/screws - make sure you keep them safe during building!
    2) Use a Stanley knife to trim the burr off of the plastic parts after detaching from the support plastic, it will ensure the final product looks nicer and parts operate smoothly.
    3) Don't buy this for a young child to do on their own. Unless your 10 year old is an Einstein prodigy then it will end in tears and disappointment - it needs a capable adult to help!

    In conclusion this is a fantastic, beautifully complex little kit that was fun from the moment we opened the box to the hours he's spent playing with it after construction. The fact that you have to build it yourself gives it 6 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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