Robot arms are becoming more affordable and more common all the time. But most of them come from a factory. What are the Top Ten 3D printed robot arms which could be made by the average guy in a garage
1. LittleArm Arduino Robot Kit
The LittleArm is a 3D printed 4 axis robot which is controlled by an Arduino. The Arduino comes preinstalled with the software needed to interface with a Desktop Application. Using that software the arm can be trained to perform any number of actions with no prior programming experience. But since it is controlled by the arduino, new programs can be written from scratch.
2. Zortax 3D printed Robot Arm Prototypes
The Zortax arm was a demonstration of using 3D printing to create precision robot arms. While not available to purchase they are are a great demonstration of what is possible.
3. Eva: 3D Printed Robot by Simplebotics
Eva is the first generation of an affordable industrial robot arm. Simplebotics uses 3D printing to create the arm because of the affordability of the system and the adaptability that is provides as they develop the robot arm.
4. Instructables 3D printed Robot Arm
While neither a kit or an actual product this is an arm that you can build yourself. The robot arm is entirely 3D printed and is controlled through a set of buttons on the base.
5. Another Maker 3D printed robot arm
The Print-a-Bot robot arm is a good kit for beginners. It is simple to assemble and fairly reliable to print. The one caveat is that there is really no software ready to go for the arm. Requiring it to all be coded from scratch.