Hello Folks. What is the best end of arm tooling for Chris Annin's AR project? I understand that "best" is quite subjective. Please read on.
Is there a consensus on the best end effector that is easily integrated onto this arm? By "Best" being an artful balance between cost, practicality, and reliability. Low power of consumption would be a bonus, and the project would have to be an opensource that I can build. What is the "best" manipulator for the AR3, the way that the AR3 is the "best" arm?
If there are many such projects, a list with links would be really appreciated. If that is the case I could then look around and choose the best option for the items I want to work with.
I am asking this question because I built the AR3, and would like to handle some real world items, but the pneumatic "pinchers" Chris uses are limited in application; and I am lost as to where to get end of arm tooling. I asked this very question on robotics stack exchange and was shut down. I hope I have better luck here.
Thanks again Chris for the project, and thanks in advance to the community for any answers.
I think it really depends on what you are trying to pick up.
I opted for the SMC pneumatic gripper but the compressor is a pain in comparison to a simple servo permanently attached.
I will probably run servo wires up the arm + leave the pneumatic tubes so I can be more flexible.
This is a great questions and I'm very interested to see anyone's reply on this. I have had many people ask If I have any plans for a servo gripper. I've seen some nice ones people have come up with but I don't have any plans posted. I chose to go with the SMC pneumatic gripper for a couple reasons. The first is the compact size and weight. The second is the amount of gripping force is such a small package. On the other hand servo grippers are great for control and the fact that you don't have to have a compressor.