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USB Controlled Robotic Arm Construction Kit

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About this product

Overview

  • Build and control your own robotic arm
  • Learn about robotics, modelling and programming
  • 149 piece arm, simple to assemble in around two hours

Product overview

  • Build and control your own robotic arm
  • Learn about robotics, modelling and programming using computer interfaces
  • 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

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.

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)

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Brilliant! Received this as a Christmas gift, can't tell you how awesome this thing is!! Spent a couple of hours building it up, bit fiddly at first but soon got into it. The instructions were quite easy to follow along with and everything worked as it should once finished. I went a step further and programmed up a small app in C# .NET utilising an old XBOX controller I had lying around, now I can control my Robot Arm with precision!! Obviously it's plastic and doesn't have any motor feedback but seriously for the money (Ј30 on offer) it really is an awesome little device. Would definitely recommend.
Date published: 2014-12-26
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 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
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 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
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Specification

Specifications
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

Does this work with Mac OS?

Asked by: Robert
No, unfortunately not - Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.
Answered by: James
Date published: 2017-12-06

how do you programme the arm to move automatically ?  Can i programme the arm to draw ? 

Asked by: Flower
Software is provided to control the arm, you can set sequences of moves ... I suppose it would be possible to program it to move whilst holding a pen/pencil .. although "draw" would be a very loose term to describe the results.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-12-03

We’ve tried the link you posted below for the Windows 10 driver but it still isn’t working. Do you need a new software also? Please actually explain rather than just posting the same link over and over. Also still no reply from customer service weeks ago.

Asked by: Rachel
The latest drivers and software tested and working with Windows 10 platform are available on the following link. https://downloads.maplin.co.uk/Downloads/a37jn-driversoftware16-11-16-10054 If you need assistance with either the installation or operation of the robotic arm have you considered one of our remote assist packages. https://www.maplin.co.uk/p/assist-30-day-unlimited-cctv-remote-support-package-a57wk
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-11-28

Hi there, Is it possible to control the arm using a Makey Makey board? If so, how would I program the outputs?

Asked by: DickyW
Unfortunately this is not a supported function of the item.
Answered by: Dale
Date published: 2017-11-24

Can you program this robotic arm to do specific moves automatically?

Asked by: Yorkie999
Yes the software allows you to program the unit in this manner The user manual for the software can be found here https://maplindownloads.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/A37JN-Software-3951.pdf Page 54 onward explains in detail how to program the units movement.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2017-11-22

Hello is this robotic arm the same like the one from Velleman(KSR10)?

Asked by: Robomon
No this is not the same product.
Answered by: Billy
Date published: 2017-11-21

I can't open the file/link/download on my windows 10 computer. I even tried the CLICK ME button but it says there is an error. Is there another way?

Asked by: Frank21
The Windows 10 drivers can be downloaded from the following link; https://downloads.maplin.co.uk/Downloads/windows-10-drivers-8986
Answered by: Gareth
Date published: 2017-10-21

The link to the windows 10 version. Of the software is broken. I can get the driver's but not the software. I have just got a new laptop.... But can't find the cd....

Asked by: Keef
Hi, apologies for this, Please use the ones below: https://downloads.maplin.co.uk/Downloads/windows-10-drivers-8986
Answered by: Dominic
Date published: 2017-10-11
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