Distributor RS Components has added two robot arm construction kits that allow the creation of robots of up to four axes.

The two robotic “bundles,” which contain all components required to build a four-axis robotic arm, aim to bring robotic solutions to a far wider audience, according to maker igus. They also offer significant cost savings against buying the individual parts separately as well as providing functional capabilities of a robotic solution.

Each of the two available kits comprises parts required to build an igus Robolink D robotic arm: one with a 1kg capacity at £4,550 ($5,767) and another with a 4kg capacity and longer reach at £5,550 ($7,035). Both can offer up to four axes and four degrees of freedom suitable for use in applications requiring a collaborative bench robotic arm such as in R&D departments, educational establishments, laboratories, and small/medium industrial factories.

In addition to parts required to build the robotic arm, RS has also devoted a part of its DesignSpark website (visit here to educational videos and instructions that will help users to pair the robot with controllers and programming solutions. Users can choose a programming language and control hardware that is best suited to their precise requirements or to simply integrate them into an existing factory automation control infrastructure.

The DesignSpark website contains a number of tutorials, including videos created by Massimo Temporelli, President and Founder of The Fablab, in Milan. To start with the tutorials, you can visit the website here.

By deploying this approach, users can build a robotic solution suitable to their needs as opposed to “dumbing down” a much more expensive unit. The open-source control solution makes integration easier, and allows the robot to connect into enterprises and smart factories.

First published on EDN Europe