When designers realized purchasing both a 3D printer a laser engraver was extremely high, they started to work on what’s now known as the Hexbot, a modular all-in-one desktop robot arm. This versatile robotic arm turns any desktop into a workshop, where it helps designers and makers bring their ideas to life with writing, drawing, laser engraving, and 3D printing.
The design of the robotic arm was created for desktops, while the precision of the 3D printer was not overlooked. The decelerator design helps reduce the gap between gears and allows for .05 mm high repeatability. Additionally, the modular design allows the bot to change modules in just one click, rather than incorporating screws and other elements.
The Hexbot also comes with a free software, so individuals can bring their ideas to fruition with just a few clicks. In order to keep Hexbot kid-friendly, the creators integrated Blockly into their software, which allows dragging and placing code blocks in order to control the Hexbot.
To control the arm, a 3.5-inch touchscreen was created that allows users to check the status and command of their Hexbot. By downloading the G-code files to the SD card, individuals can start engraving or printing their design without continuously connecting to their computer.
A pen holder module has also been integrated into Hexbot, so it can write letters or draw pictures at the user’s command within seconds.
Additionally, the laser engraver module is capable of engraving on wood, leather, paper, and other materials so individuals can customize anything.
Hexbot’s high precision allows makers to print 3D objects with the 3D printing module. Additionally, the bot can also pick up and place objects with the help of its suction cup and soft gripper.
The Hexbot has also been decked out with other accessories such as a computer vision kit and linear rails. In combination with OpenMV, Hexbot can perform projects requiring computer vision. Additionally, after putting Hexbot on linear rails, individuals can have a bigger moving area, or combine Hexbot with a conveyor belt to build a mini-production line.
Filed Under: 3D printing • additive manufacturing • stereolithography, Product design