Learn how! Robotic ultraArm P340 by Arduino sketches, engraves, and grabs

Learn how! Robotic ultraArm P340 by Arduino sketches, engraves, and grabs

The Elephant Robotics ultraArm P340 is a robot arm that has a working radius of 340 mm and is controlled by an Arduino-compatible ATMega2560 control board. The arm of this robot may be outfitted with a variety of accessories that can be used for painting, laser engraving, or grabbing objects.

The ultraArm P340 robotic arm, which is more affordable, operates somewhat differently than the myCobot 280 Pi robotic arm, which has a built-in Raspberry Pi 4 SBC. The ultraArm P340 only contains the electronics for controlling the servos and attachments, and it must be connected to a host computer running Windows or a Raspberry Pi over USB in order to function properly.

There are several different specs included in the ultraArm P340. The control board uses a Microchip ATMega2560 8-bit AVR microcontroller operating at 16 MHz. It includes 256 KB of flash memory, 4 KB of EEPROM, and 8 KB of SRAM. The degree of freedom ranges from around three to four axes, depending on the accessories. It is able to work within a radius of around 340 mm. The high-performance stepper motor allows for a weight of up to 650 grams, and the position accuracy is up to 0.1 millimeters. The maximum speed is up to 100 millimeters per second. It features two communication interfaces for RS485 and a USB serial interface. Additionally, it has attachment interfaces for a PWM laser connection, a gripper connector, and a switch connector for the suction pump. A burn button and the ability to flash the firmware are additional features.

With an input power source of 100-240 V at 50-60 Hz, the output voltage can be set to 12 V, 8.4 V, or 5 V. You may get an idea of its intricate dimensions from the image that is located above and it weighs close to 2.9 kilograms. SLA material composes its construction, which is an aluminum alloy.

The ultraArm P340 is available in a variety of configurations, including a standard kit that includes all of the fundamental accessories, a drawing kit that includes a pen holder, a laser engraving kit, and several vision kits that include a camera, clamping claw or suction pump, conveyor belt, etc… It is also feasible to purchase the extension kits separately and switch between them as you see appropriate. You can do this whenever it suits your needs.

The robot is dependent on a number of different programs and pieces of software.

  • To upgrade the firmware and gain access to user manuals, tutorials, and so on, download the myStudio software (it works on Windows, macOS, and Linux).
  • The Luban G-Code generator can be used for various artistic endeavors, including painting and laser etching.

  • In order to create Python code, myBlockly provides a visual interface for dragging and dropping blocks.
  • Python scripts may be used for direct robot control.
  • Ubuntu 20.04 appears to be hosting ROS2, the robot operating system.

The documentation website has further information and how-to-get-started guides.

The ultraArm P340 robotic arm from Elephant Robotics is now available for pre-order, with a standard kit costing $649 and shipments beginning on February 1

[Update: code ULTRA20 should reduce the price by 20%].

MyCobot 280 Pi, 6 degrees of freedom (DoF) robotic arm powered by Raspberry Pi, retails for $799 as an example product.

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About Rakesh Kumar, Ph.D.

Rakesh Kumar holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Power Electronics. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, Class of 2021 and a member of the IEEE Power Electronics Society. At Electronics-Lab, he likes to write short NEWS articles on embedded systems. He also writes high-quality long-content technical articles on Power Electronics for several B2B and B2C platforms such as EEPower, JAK Electronics, and Kynix Semiconductors. Feel free to reach out to him anytime!

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