Suction cup tool

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  • #2009 Quote

    Hi all, I designed a tool that uses a suction cup as the end effector.

    I bought a suction cup & vacuum pump similar to what’s found here and designed a 3D printed holder that interfaces with the Thor robot. The kit comes with a controller that converts a servo-type pwm signal to an on-off power output for the vacuum pump. So it easily connects to the same pwm signal that the original gripper uses. You will need a separate 5-6V power supply for the pump, as the current draw is too much for the Arduino’s onboard 5V supply. What I did was make a 6V regulator that feeds directly from the 12V input supply.

    The 45 degree angle of the tool helps the robot have a better work envelope. When coupled with the modded Art2BodyUnion part I posted previously, the robot can pick up objects as close as 14cm from the center of the base, to as far as 40cm.

    I threaded the vacuum tube down through the inside of the robot, and have the pump in the robot’s base, which
    keeps the weight in the arm down.

    Here is the STL file and FreeCAD design.


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    #2014 Quote
    Angel LM

    Impressive job! Thanks for sharing the design! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I noticed that your robot has bearing supports under the second joint. It seems to me a great solution to release the load that falls on the axis. Have you noticed improvement in the movement?

    #2017 Quote

    Good eye! Yes it helps with the sag and improves the accuracy of the robot a bit.

    #2020 Quote
    Angel LM

    That’s what I was thinking…

    Could I ask you for that design as well? I would like to include it in the modifications section of the github repository along with the design of your end-effector!
    In fact, if you have a github account and want to make a pull request with your designs to Thor’s repository, I’ll be happy to accept it ๐Ÿ™‚

    #2023 Quote

    Pull request created! My first public contribution to GitHub. More to come soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

    #2026 Quote
    Angel LM

    Thanks for the contribution! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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