JRM Vol.30 No.5 pp. 827-834
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2018.p0827

Development Report:

Low-Cost Design Solutions for Educational Robots

Monica Tiboni*, Francesco Aggogeri*, Roberto Bussola*, Alberto Borboni*, Cesare Augusto Perani**, and Nicola Pellegrini*

*Università degli Studi di Brescia
Via Branze 38, Brescia 25123, Italy

Viale S. Eufemia 39, Brescia 25139, Italy

March 13, 2018
August 1, 2018
October 20, 2018
low cost, small-size robot, modularity, educational project

Low-cost robotics, fully integrated in the corporate IT infrastructure, is a requirement in the era of modern industrial automation derived from the Industry 4.0 model. This paper presents a multidisciplinary robotics-based learning (R-BL) project consisting of the development of a modular control architecture and a gripper for small manipulators. The solution, as compared with options available in the current robotic market, is a balance between low-cost devices with industrial robot performance. The project is carried out as part of the Robotics and Mechanisms program, a course in the automation engineering degree program at the University of Brescia in Italy. A 4-axis small-size robot, able to manipulate many kinds of objects, was designed and built by a student team by integrating the controller and the gripper. The controller was implemented using a real-time Raspberry platform by following a modular design concept. The control software is characterized by a short development time. The gripper was advanced to achieve low cost and modularity tradeoffs.

Picture of robotic manipulator

Picture of robotic manipulator

Cite this article as:
M. Tiboni, F. Aggogeri, R. Bussola, A. Borboni, C. Perani, and N. Pellegrini, “Low-Cost Design Solutions for Educational Robots,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.30 No.5, pp. 827-834, 2018.
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