Planetary Specimen Retrieval Training Robot Arm







Full view and cut away view.




Basic description of the activity: The museum visitor uses a robot arm to  collect a series of rock samples from a simulated alien terrain. The items reset to the terrain when the time is up. The arm features nine degrees of freedom and is usable by a wide diversity of ages and skill levels.  Inexperienced users will in most cases be able to pickup and maneuver objects in under a minute.  The linkages on this arm and each of the many viewable components make this a very uniquely educational exhibit. Super bright LEDs will also accent the arm components and illuminate the artificial terrain to create more atmospheric quality. 


Activity story:  You are on a mission to another  planet. To explore remote and dangerous areas of the planet, robots are being used. The robots are being operated by scientists such as yourself in an effort to collect samples, learn about the environment, how the planet developed, available resources and possible sources of life.


The goal of this exhibit is to familiarize the user with robot arm manipulation in a planetary exploration environment, the basic elements of the technology, and the relationship that even very complicated equipment has to the basis of “simple machines”.


Technical basics:  Five Finger Robot arm that measure approximately 39” long  from the tip of the fingers to the base of the shoulder pivot assembly. It has five degrees of freedom. They are represented in the independent movement of each finger and thumb, as wrist CW-CCW, elbow up and down, shoulder up and down and shoulder CW-CCW. 120VAC 60 Cycles. The arms have pressure sensitive and end of travel limits, and can adapt to any arrangement of objects stacked in their path. The arms are made of light weight 6061 Aluminum and specially designed with travel and force limits. 


7-year warranty against defects in our workmanship; Free Life-time phone/internet technical support; Life-time parts supply sourcing for our exhibits at wholesale prices. See more details below.




Comes with control panel, power supply, a set of foam geometric shapes for the arm activity, suggested maintenance information and schedule. Contact us for a fabrication timeline.

Additional Purchase Option "Spare parts kit":  Set of four arm gearmotors (4) set of six replacement push switches, set of two replacement joysticks, four replacement long lever limit switches (4), four pin plunger switches (4), Replacement set of springs. A replacement set of fuses. Basic set of maintenance and repair tools.

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Our exhibits have a long service life expectancy, with many units still functioning smoothly at 10 years plus. They are so easy to maintain and repair, that it usually takes regular museum staff only 15 to 20 minutes.  Terms

Optional Accessories:  Voice Playback


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