For this part, as you don’t need the GUI at all, it’s easier to exit the graphic session and use the command line. After the restart, turn the arm on and run the file by typing “sudo python arm. Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3. By taking inspiration i. Now you need to give the arm some moves.

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To create this article, 13 people, some anonymous, worked to edit and improve it over time. You will need to type in this script, or alternatively, copy and paste. This is a basic aarm with 5 motors and can be controlled from Windows with the supplied software or from Linux i. Nevertheless, I think it is an interesting learning experience and a starting point for other projects see this video to add position sensors using potentiometers: Again, there are several examples online using a range of programming languages, including Python, as exemplified by this Scratch extension to control Arduino boards.

,aplin You need to ensure Adobe Air is installed first. Using the Maplin Arm with Scratch. This is what you need to do to run the extension on Mac but I suspect the steps are very similar in Linux.

Using the Maplin Robotic Arm with Scratch

This will open up a graphical session. The arm is pretty basic: Let me know if you have it running on a Windows machine:.


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Tips If your terminal or command line throw up an arm connection error, experiment with restarts and different states of on or off of mapllin arm and that should fix the problem. Type in “dir” to list all the contents of your home directory. Is this article up to date? Cookies make wikiHow better.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Most of the information, work and credit I needed to do was already done at a great blog post by Franco Raimondiwhich can be found here: How can I set a home point for the robotic arm so that it will return to a standard position when it is done? Lifting some heavy weights.

In a complete departure from my previous posts, and as a result of buying one of these Arms for my kids for Christmas I thought I would write-up what I have done with it.

Controlling the Maplin Robot Arm with Scratch V2 Offline on Microsoft Windows 10

If your machine has an encrypted disk drive you will be asked to robotiv the drive recovery key during this process. What you could do is to run your command sequence in reverse so it would return to approximately the same position once finished.


Press the Control and O that’s an O not a zero to save the file. You would need encoders fitted to the motors to be able to set a home position. This article has also been viewed 69, times. Type in “clear” then type “sudo nano arm. Accept all of the defaults and ensure that the location of the Python software is added to the PATH of the computer. Adafruit Industries — for the article on using lib-usb on Windows hacking the connect article.

The program works great most of the time but occasionally it does several moves I didn’t ask it to do. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0.

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You can now delete roobotic downloaded files. Can you tell us which parts were out of date so we can update them? Write the command script.

After the restart, turn the arm on and run the file by typing “sudo python arm. It is not possible to set a home point.