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MechArm Pi 270 is a robotic desktop arm powered by a Raspberry Pi 4 SBC

Elephant Robotics MechArm Pi 270 is a six-axis robotic arm with a working radius of 270 mm, support for a payload of up to 250 grams and running Debian / Ubuntu + ROS on a single Raspberry Pi board computer 4.

The robotic arm was introduced last year in two separate Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns organized by MechArm, which has now joined Elephant Robotics, and now supports myStudio software to update the software, provide video tutorials on how to use the robot as well as maintenance and repair information.

MechArm Pi 270

Key features and specifications of the MechArm Pi 270:

  • Controller - Raspberry Pi 4 Model B SBC with Cortex-A72 quad-core processor, WiFi 5 connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0 dual-band
  • I / F display - 2x Micro HDMI output ports up to 4Kp60
  • Supported cameras - Official Raspberry Pi cameras or third-party USB cameras
  • USB - 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Robotic arm
    • Working radius 270 mm
    • 6 DoF through 6x motors with magnetic encoder
    • Payload up to 250 grams
    • Movement speed up to 120 ° / s
    • Positioning accuracy - ± 1 mm
  • Extension - 40-pin GPIO header
  • Power input - 8-12V / 5A DC plug
  • Weight - 1 kilogram

Raspberry Pi 4 robotic arm

The design reminds me of the MyCobot Pi 280 robotic arm I covered last time, so I asked Elephant Robotics, and Lisha Qiu, part of the marketing team, listed the main differences as follows:

  1. Working radius: 280 mm vs 270 mm, and MechArm is smaller.
  2. Arm structure: all 6 axes, but mechArm 270 Pi is centrosymmetric. This means that it is more reliable, as each joint has 2 parts that support it.
  3. Style: The color is gray for MechArm.
  4. Basics: The controller is the same, but it looks a little smaller and the same as myPalletizer Pi, which means users can change bases if they already have a myPalletizer.

The robotic arm comes preloaded with an Ubuntu 18.04 image with Python, myStudio, myBlockly, ROS, OpenCV and driver libraries to start from the box after you have simply connected a monitor and keyboard and USB mouse. More details to get started can be found in the documentation.

MechArm Pi 270 is selling for $ 799 at Elephant Robotics online store, where you can also add options such as an adaptive grip, a G-Shape base, a suction pump, a camera flange etc … This is the same price like myCobot Pi 280. robotic arm, which was introduced for $ 699 last year, so inflation can be seen even in robots.

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