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How to design a robot

One of the most common questions we get asked is, “how easy is it to design a robot?”. Personally, I think it is purely down to people’s perception, a perception that robots and automation are complicated. However, that’s all it is; perception, in most cases anyway. So, let’s see how easy it actually is to design a robot.

How easy is it to design a robot?

Let’s start at the beginning. When considering the design, you need to know your application parameters in terms of speed, load, footprint, pick rate. You will need to research where to get all the components and support, if required. You will need to figure out how to put all these parts together. You also need to consider the amount of programming needed and that will be dependent on the application.

This may sound confusing but there is a way of simplifying. RBTX.

What is the RBTX platform?

The RBTX platform is a marketplace for various low-cost automation suppliers to offer products, components and support to their customers. By coming together on one platform, this has simplified the way in which we design robots.   There is a range of different options for every step of the design stage which you can pick based on a similar application and customise the robot design. You can get free expert advice at any part of the design stage.

how to design a robot

On the platform there are multiple application examples to showcase which robots are used where and why. There is a video demonstrating a complete robot of some form being used in real applications. It gives you vital data such as pick rate, estimated return of investment and some of the advantages. The easy online navigation gives you the option to purchase all of the components shown in the example, book a free video call for more expert advice and offers similar case studies for you to consider. It really is so simple.

How to design a robot?

It is so easy. The product layout is clear with images of each style and type of robot, there is a sliding scale on the left which helps you select your specific parameters. If you amend any of the parameters, it changes the options you have available and only displays ones suitable based on the information you have chosen.

Once you have chosen the robot you think will work best for your application, you select it and simply “add to my robot”. This allows you to add all the respective and collaborative components that are suitable for the robot design you have chosen. Any special parts or connecting pieces that are required will be automatically added to the build.

The system is designed to be a step-by-step method of designing and purchasing a robot suitable for your automation requirements. It calculates the price live, so if you have a budget and the configuration you have chosen exceeds that, you can remove a component and see if there is a cheaper way to do the job.

What is different about the RBTX platform to normal igus® configurators?

The RBTX platform is unique in a number of ways. Firstly, this isn’t just an online tool for igus® products. This is a platform where various manufacturers are represented to create a network of low-cost automation parts. With this collaboration, there are so many design options for companies. The flexibility of being able to pick various components and software ensures you are fully in control in designing a robot perfect for you and your application. Not only that, but you also have support. Our experts are on hand to guide you through any questions you may have, they can even test the feasibility of your design before you invest, all for free.

So, when people ask, “how easy is it to design a robot?” the answer is simple, so easy even I can do it!

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