Flux Integration, a USA based robotics and Automation Company has developed a new low cost precision robotic arm that performs multiple tasks such as 3D printing, pick and place, light duty milling, dispensing, probing, and machine tool assistant.
FLX.ARM is the tool specifically designed for engineering and manufacturing professional to help them in their office, lab, studio, or production workspace.
The creators of the FLX.ARM.S16.Z8 describe their machine as a Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm (SCARA). The robotic arm is capable of moving along both an X-Y plane and a Z-Axis with an additional actuator to give it up and down movement on the Z axis. Flux integration has crafted the device to have more configurable workspace than other 3D printers, as the robot arm is currently 16 inches in the X-Y plane and 8 inches of travel on the Z-Axis.
Low-cost precision robotic arms can cost an average from $10k-$40k. Much of cost lies in designing and manufacturing the robotic joints. Flux Integration has reduced the cost of designing and assembling the robotic parts by using off-the shelf components for actuation and by automating the manufacturing and calibration processes.
The company is looking to raise $50,000 from the Kickstarter website with another 13 days left on its campaign clock. The FLX.ARM when available, will cost about $1,799.