My build is still in progress, but the arm is going on top of a custom server cart for portability and rack-mounted hardware. I am testing a magswitch mount for the base - I expect to use three or four contact points, but these are two 150 lb units so far.
The cart will have a rack mounted computer but also has Jetson nano for machine learning and image processing. I intend to use some of the other resources shared here for ROS and MoveIt.
Just a render so far - need to pick up some steel and should be able to fabricate this in the next few days.
I also will be DIN rail mounting all the components, and using the CZH breakouts (those are sweet!). I have most of the bracketry designed, and am in the process of building out the enclosure.
Hello. I like this approach. What rack did you use?
Came out pretty close to the render, which isn't always the case.
this is creative! look so nice. But I believe it take lot of effort? Beside, you may have some challenges on durability of robot arm base?
Made some progress on the custom pieces. The stepper controllers are all mounted on the DIN rail backplane. I accidentally assumed there were 6 of the larger DM542T + the travel rail when laying it out, instead of 5 + 1 smaller DM320T + the travel rail. I'll call it "future-proofing" :-).
Also made the first prototype of the 1U cover from 22ga steel. It's very flimsy when the flat pattern is cut, but gets very stiff (more than enough for this use) once the flanges are bent in. I had to do some cleanup on every hole as the plasma undercut for some reason - likely I need to adjust the kerf for this material. Next step is paint!
Wow, that looks great. I like the cart panel for the GX16 connectors.