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USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit

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USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 64.
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  • Build and control your own robotic arm
  • Learn about robotics, modelling and programming using computer interfaces
  • Now compatible with Windows 10

Product details

USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit

• Build and control your own robotic arm
• Learn about robotics, modelling and programming using computer interfaces
• Now compatible with Windows 10
• 149 piece arm, simple to assemble in around two hours
• USB interface to control your robotic arm with a PC
• Lifts up to 100g
• Suitable for children aged 14 and over
• Exclusive to Maplin
• Uses four D batteries
• Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10

Now compatible with Windows 10
Click here to download the latest software and drivers for Windows 10. For more information see the manual in the downloads tab.

What can the robotic arm do?
Exclusive to Maplin this fun educational kit contains all the pieces to assemble a working robotic arm, all you will need is a screwdriver, wire cutters and needle nosed pliers. Create your own robotic arm that can pick up and move items up to 100g in weight. This kit is a great introduction to model making and basic programming through computer interfaces for children aged 14+.

How do I control the arm?
The arm can be controlled from your computer using the simple and intuitive software that’s included. Just point your cursor at a part of the arm and scroll or use the on screen control pad to move it. You can either move the arm in real time or programme in a range of motions to be performed later. You can even control your robotic arm through your Raspberry Pi to find out how click here.

How much can my robotic arm move?
Building your robotic arm should take around two hours following the instructions provided. The arm can move through three points of articulation and ends in a clamp to give you maximum flexibility with movement. The arm can move through 120 degrees in the wrist, 300 degrees at the elbow, 180 degrees at the base in the vertical and 270 degrees in the horizontal. The robotic arm also has a reach of approximately 320mm horizontally. The power is provided by four D batteries (Order Code L45AL)

Number of included parts 149
Number of models that can be made 1
What can be made? Robotic arm
Compatible operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 (32-bit only) and Windows 10 (32-bit & 64-bit)
Computer system requirements CPU: Pentium 3 1.0GHz or above
Memory: 256MB or above
Hard drive space: 100MB or above
SVGA 800 x 600 pixels or above
Colour monitor with 16 bit colour or above
Age group, if specified 14+
Power supply requirements 4 x D batteries
Dimensions 228 mm x 161 mm x 381 mm
Max. Lifting Weight 100 g
Box Contents Robotic arm
Software CD
Box Contents
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The robot arm itself didn't take that long to build even though it was a challenge. The hardest part was the programming with the software supplied, there was a backlash on the motors when repetitive tasks were run. What me and my dad did after we had built it and played around with it was try to decode what the program saved into your files when you save your robotic arm programs. It would be better if there were sensors on the motors so that the rewind function actually went back to it's original position. Also having a mains transformer would save on batteries. In conclusion I would recommend this arm to all young engineers and electricians and maybe even programmers. James, Age 12
Date published: 2011-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice for the price Nice toy with the price reduction, don't think I would have payed full price, it's an excellent building block for adding mods, it could do with some rotary encoders on the joints, also its stated as running off 4 D cells but the battery connector is only connected to two of the cells, so when the batteries run out people will throw away 2 good batteries thinking their dead, check it for yourself the pin connecting the + red wire to the control board, the pin goes nowhere, I'm running it on 2 cells only, connected - to black pin, + to orange pin, red does nothing
Date published: 2014-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A steady 2 hour build using nothing more than a couple of jewellers' screwdrivers and a scalpel made a fairly basic but interesting robotic arm able to pick up and manipulate up to 130g weight without strain. As there are no limit or position sensors it is quite rudimentary but paves the way for all sorts of mods & addons. The software allows basic multi-axis programming or manual control, I'll probably look for something more capable in the near future but this will do for experimentation. The only negative is the lack of a 6th axis (wrist rotation). Well made and IMO worth the money
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but needs some refining Bought this thinking that any Win7 apps will work in Windows 8, the app is OK but the drivers won't install. To get around this Google "disable driver signature enforcement windows 8", follow the procedures and then the drivers will install properly. The kit seems well manufactured and goes together easily, would be nicer if it didn't need 'D' cells for power. The Windows software is basic but works well in manual mode, the servos don't have stops so I expect the gears will wear after a while if you aren't careful. For the money this was good value and I would recommend it.
Date published: 2013-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Firstly, this does work in Windows 7, the CD supplied does have all the drivers. I've run it on Windows 7 64-bit. Additionally you can use this with Raspberry pi and any other Linux, you can find loads of information via google. Good fun too build, easy.
Date published: 2013-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Kit was easy to put together, motors need a bit of a tweek to make them quiet. instuctions were either vague or plain wrong when it came to connecting the motors to the controller board, ended up using trial and error to get the right pc function to activate the right motor, think controller board was revised but not instuctions. Very user friendly controls and GUI, but program mode lacks any form of repeatability, no wait time command or LED on / off in program mode. it is what it is. and actually worth the money, but if it wasn`t on special offer i wouldn`t have bothered. but it does lend itself to modification ;)
Date published: 2010-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, fun, enjoyable and just short of great I got this about 3 weeks ago and seemed to have paid a higher price than the other reviewers! The build was easy enough and my daughter and I managed to get it to work with the Raspberry Pi and scratch. Although it has 3 motors for "shoulder", "elbow" and "wrist", they are all motions on the same plane. The wrist does not allow for any twisting motion. It would be great if 1. It has an extra motor for the twisting motion 2. I know it's more complicated and costly, but using a servo or even a stepper motor would be much more useful in a robot arm. 3. A way to preload a motion sequence and have them executed without computer control.
Date published: 2016-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hesitated for some time before finally buying this kit, as I thought that it seemed too cheap. However, I was delighted with it. I started building it with my eight year old grandson and finished it on my own. The software loaded easily on my Vista laptop and I was ready to play. The only improvement that I would make is to have a mains supply, via a transformer, to power the arm, as the batteries cost around Ј5.00 a set. I'm currently working on that. An excellent purchase!
Date published: 2011-03-07
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the USB keeps on saying it is disconnected and the batteries sign flashes. but we put new batteries in it.

Asked by: kevin
This error typically occurs when the cables in diagram 41 are incorrectly aligned. Please refer to page 23 of the assembly manual and look at diagram 41 and check the orientation of the cable that has 1 single orange wire.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-06-09

It keeps saying 'usb device disconnect', i have put 4 new duracell batteries in it and it still says this. i have the latest software and it still comes up with this. can someone help me please.

Asked by: samuel
We feel we could best assist you over the phone for this query as we need a little more information, please can you call us on 0333 400 9500 and use the option for Technical Support.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-05-24

I purchased a USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit at Christmas and have installed the up to date software and drivers for windows 10. The drivers have install correctly . When I run the software I get a message saying usb diconnected

Asked by: DarrenC
We feel we could best assist you over the phone for this query as we need a little more information, please can you call us on 0333 400 9500 and use the option for Technical Support.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-04-16

does the earlier version run on windos10?

Asked by: VIJAY
I am not able to run The Robo Arm on windows 10.It runs on windows XP.
Answered by: VIJAY
Date published: 2017-03-31

I am aware it does not mention mac in the compatibility section but is the USB controlled robotic arm compatible with Mac or is it Windows only?

Asked by: Daveylad
Is it compatible with 64 bit windows 10
Answered by: allg63
Date published: 2017-03-15

I have just bought and made this robotic arm but can I programme it using a raspberry pi?

Asked by: jim0123
Yes, this is compatible with Raspberry Pi
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-02-27

Operating in windows 10 ,instructions followed digital signing turned off no driver appears to be accepted , robotic arm not recognized, usb connection hesrd on removing usb plug.

Asked by: Frank
This service is for frequently asked questions and does not allow two way communication, In order for us to best assist you with your technical issue please contact us on the details below: 0333 400 9500 or email
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-02-20

Same as the other guys, I have just downloaded the latest windows 10 software - elan shows green but USB does not talk to robot - is there something to enable or disable

Asked by: Jhonny107
I can only advise referring to past guides placed in the questions section to see if this helps.
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-02-19
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A37JN USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit (1+) £39.99

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