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Full line of DYNAMIXEL Pro servos are now available

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The full line of 2014 DYNAMIXEL Pro servos and accessories by ROBOTIS are now available for order from Trossen Robotics. These new servos take precision to a whole new level, with resolution up to 501,900 steps/rev while spinning at up to 30 RPM and putting out 44 Nm of torque! Prices start at $590 and go up to $2,790. Get ready for professional grade precision and durability; compactly packaged to meet your most challenging design requirements.

The nine different models are divided into two basic footprints (42 mm2 & 54 mm2) and three performance series (L, M, & H) to meet all of your requirements. Combine them with the ROBOTIS frame system and accessories to upgrade your designs from hobby to professional-grade.

L-Series Servos M-Series Servos H-Series Servos Frames, Adapters, & Idlers

Not sure where to start? Check out the DYNAMIXEL PRO M42-10-S260-R servo for a fantastic combination of performance (263,168 steps/rev, 1.5 Nm of torque, and 28 RPM)  and compact size 42 x 42 x 84 mm. Full specs, dimensions, documentation, and 3D models for each servo can be found on the individual product pages.

Robot Projects, and Videos, and Pictures, and Discussions Oh My!

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

RobotProjects

 

 

 

Do you have a cool robot project you are working on? Have you posted it in the TRC projects gallery yet to share it with others? No? That is very selfish of you. Everyone loves to see cool projects. So come check out what others have posted and add your own.

There are also Community Videos, photos, and of course our active forums.  The Mech Warefare forums are always buzzing because people like building robots that shoot each other.

If you haven’t visited yet, come say hello!

REV3 3D Printing Seminar, Oct 29th

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Rev3 is having their first seminar. Tomorrow, October 29th Mike Vasquez will be giving a talk about 3D printing. If you want to learn more about the wonderful world of 3D printing head over to the IIT Rice campus at 6:30pm!

 

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Rev3 is an innovation center located in DuPage County, Illinois that is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, software and technology to drive the third industrial revolution. From astonishing waves of innovation to new product concepts, to technology that changes business models – Rev3 is a place of emerging opportunities.

Like many co-working spaces and incubators, a key feature of Rev3 will be the opportunity to collaborate with and share ideas with other users. Rev3 is a place you will want to come to work. Even if you are a solopreneur, Rev3 will give you the opportunity to develop your business in a communal environment.

Win a Box of Robot Refuse!

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Update: And they’re all gone! Keep an eye out for our next give-away next week!

Trossen Robotics Robot Refuse

Woot has their Bag of Crap and Sparkfun has their Dumpster Dive – well we want in too!

We’re introducing the Trossen Robotics Robot Refuse Box. This package is chocked full of all sorts of odds and ends from our office. So what all might be inside these mystery boxes?

  • -Robot Prototypes and Chassis
  • -Stickers
  • -Product Samples
  • -Retired boards and plastic plates
  • -Did I mention Stickers?
  • -Assorted Junk

There might have even been a product or two from the photo-room that snuck into the mix. Keep in mind that these boxes are a completely random assortment of parts, none of which are explicitly designed to work with each other. Each box is different, no two are the same. These boxes come with no warranty, support, instructions or documentation.

We have 10 boxes to give away, and each person who gets one will have the added opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate. Just build something using parts out of the Robot Refuse Box, and send us a picture or video. Our favorite entry gets the gift certificate!

So how do you get your hands on one of these amazing parcels? Keep an eye on our Facebook Page over the next couple of hours and find out!

Note: We will only be shipping Robot Refuse Boxes to addresses in the U.S.A.

REV3 Innovation Center Launching in DuPage County

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

REV3

 

 

Something exciting is coming to DuPage! (That is where we, Trossen Robotics, are. DuPage is a western suburb county to Chicago.) Choose DuPage is founding a unique center called REV3. Think of an incubator, hacker space, and Tech Shop all rolled together and that is what REV3 is. For local engineers who want to turn ideas into reality here is the juicy bit:

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

The center will also host lectures aimed at informing people how to get started in business, prototyping, 3D printing, engineering, electronics, and much more. It sounds like a dream place that I would never leave if I were fresh out of college again. Rev3 is currently taking applications for tenants (individuals & startups) as well as calling out for businesses and individuals in the community that can lend a hand as lectures, mentors, partners, resources… anything and everything. Creative entrepreneurial minds are needed.

To learn more or get involved visit their website: rev3dupage.com

 

Here is the full official Press release:

REV3 INNOVATION CENTER LAUNCHING IN DUPAGE COUNTY
Rev3 will be a center focused on encouraging entrepreneurial growth within DuPage County by providing a space and support network for companies to design, build and launch products

LISLE, IL, October 1, 2013 — Choose DuPage, an economic development agency dedicated to the attraction and retention of businesses to DuPage County, today announced plans for a new innovation center, Rev3. Named for the third revolution of digital technology, Rev3 provides a space for emerging companies and entrepreneurs to manufacture products, software and technology. The center will also act as a host for networking opportunities, including seminars and training sessions, in order to stimulate the local economy and allow business leaders to connect with other like-minded individuals.
“Rev3 will tap into the diverse business community located in DuPage County, with major companies residing in the technology, manufacturing, retail, logistics, and healthcare space,” said Greg Bedalov, President and CEO of Choose DuPage. “Our vision is to allow entrepreneurs and business leaders to connect with like-minded individuals while manufacturing their products and developing software locally, thus stimulating the economy.”

The center, to be located in DuPage County, just 20 miles west of Chicago, will provide affordable access to a range of equipment and expertise that does not exist anywhere else in Illinois. With innovations like 3D printing, cloud computing and the open source movement, technology continues to evolve rapidly and Rev3 will help today’s technology pioneers find new ways to innovate in these and many other areas.

“The development of a center like Rev3 has been a long time coming in an area where there are already so many unique startups and innovators,” said Nic Zito, Business Services Director for Choose DuPage. “We are thrilled to highlight DuPage County’s talent and provide them with an environment to take their products from dream to reality.”

Participating businesses will have the ability to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products at Rev3. The center’s amenities will include a machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, electronics equipment, hand tools, and more. By developing partnerships with local manufacturers, businesses will also be able to move on to higher-volume production including printed circuit board assembly, casting, injection molding, and product assembly while building their businesses in DuPage County.

Rev3 will also host ongoing events and programs, providing both introductory and advanced lectures and seminars on topics relevant to starting and growing a technology business. The facility will coalesce around passionate entrepreneurs, whether they are developing businesses on their own or commercializing technology invented at one of the area’s many universities, federal laboratories, or established companies.

“The success of Rev3 will have a lasting impact on DuPage County and will serve to further the growth of local businesses, create jobs, increase exports and generate wealth. Our focus is on building and retaining financially viable businesses,” added Bedalov.

Rev3 is currently seeking prospective tenants for Rev3’s planning team. The team will help select the incubator’s location, develop the overall vision of the center and review design, equipment purchases and services offered. The center will be organized as a not-for-profit and encourages volunteerism and community support.

For more information, visit www.rev3dupage.com.

About Rev3
Rev3 is an innovation center that will be located in DuPage County, Illinois, and is focused on helping people and companies manufacture products, develop software and build technology to drive the third industrial revolution. Rev3 will have a full complement of resources to allow companies to prototype, build and assemble small and moderate scale volumes of physical products.

About Choose DuPage
Founded in 2005, Choose DuPage is dedicated to supporting municipal economic development initiatives, retaining and attracting businesses, marketing DuPage County as a premier global business location and addressing policy issues critical to the needs of business. Geographically desirable, with a highly skilled labor force, DuPage County has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two decades. Choose DuPage was created to leverage this growth and continue its momentum for the benefit of County businesses and residents. Choose DuPage offers a variety of resources to help expand or relocate your business and is a reliable, accountable and professional economic development partner.

 

Our First DYNAMIXEL PRO is here!

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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Our first test unit from the DYNAMIXEL PRO line just came in! The DYNAMIXEL PRO Robot Actuator is a thing of engineering beauty, and we’re excited to start working with the DYNAMIXEL PRO line. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with videos and information about this awesome new actuator in the coming weeks.

DYNAMIXEL Pros are here!

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The wait is over, ROBOTIS has finally released the first two of their DYNAMIXEL PRO Line! The L54-60-S300-R and the H54-100-S500-R are ready for pre-order. The DYNAMIXEL PRO line of Robot Actuators is ROBOTIS’s new solution for full-scale robots. These new actuators have incredibly high power and precision, making them ideal for for everything from advanced robotics to industry applications.

These two models use the RS-485 communication protocol and are compatible right out of the gate with the USB2DYNAMIXEL. In the future we can look forward to 7 more DYNAMIXEL PRO models, communication protocols, a robust set of frames, and more gear-box options like right-angle and belt. Check out our DYNAMIXEL PRO page for more information.

The DYNAMIXEL PRO line are built to order and there is an 8-10 week lead time on both of these models. For more information about pricing and availability call us at 877-898-1005 or e-mail us.

Check out the PhantomX Hexapod/Quadruped Mark-II!

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Our outrageously popular PhantomX Hexapod and PhantomX Quadruped have gotten a make-over! We’ve re-designed the crawlers in matte black Plexiglas, as well as updated the leg design for a larger range of movements. Check out our sneak peak videos below to see them in action.

These two crawlers are still powered by ROBOTIS’s DYNAMIXEL AX servos, giving them great speed, torque, and control. And just like the previous version, the new crawlers are controlled with our own ArbotiX Robocontroller, making them compatible with the Arduino environment.

The PhantomX Hexapod and Quadruped are two great ways to get into robotics. Whether you need a research grade robotic platform, or or robot to to build on for mech warfare, pick up one of our crawlers today.

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Trossen Robotics Contest #9 Winners!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

2012 has come and gone, and its finally time to announce the winners for the Ninth Trossen Robotics Community Contest! There were a lot of amazing entries, but six of them battled to the top to win our contest. Check out the end of this post for videos of all of our winners in action.


Sixth Place – OARC Rover by Yosheli

The Obstacle Avoiding & Remote Controlled Rover (or the OARC Rover) is a great little project by Yosheli. It has everything you need for a roving robot – a drive system (4 DC motors with encoders controlling 2 treads), a distance sensor (an ultrasonic range sensor), wireless communication(XBees) and a main processing unit (an Arduino Mega).

This robot has a two modes of operation – the first is direct remote control via a custom wireless controller. The second mode is a purely autonomous one. The OARC Rover will go forward until it detects an obstacle – at which point it will move to avoid the obstacle. To help overcome the limits of the ultrasonic sensor, Yosheli mounted the sensor on a pan servo, enabling the robot to get better readings on curved surfaces. This panning motion also gives this little robot a lot of character.

The idea of an obstacle avoiding robot certainly isn’t anything new, but its a great example of how many problems you need to solve when building a basic robot. Yosheli gets points for overcoming these obstacles on his first fully fledged Arduino Project

Yosheli will be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.


Fifth Place – Maxwell by Lnxfergy


Maxwell is lnxfergy’s Mobile Manipulator Robot. This robot can map a room and traverse the room based on that map. Then it can use its custom arm and manipulator to pick up objects and interact with the room. The latest version of Maxwell even has a linear actuator to move the arm up and down, allowing it to pick up things from the floor as well as table-height objects.

Maxwell’s arm is comprised of 2 EX-106s, 2 RX-64s and 3 AX-12s. Lnxfergy’s did a lot of work in ROS to get his custom manipulator running properly, which is a great thing for the robot community. Lnxfergy’s is commited to open source projects and his work in open source robotics has been the basis for robot after robot in the comunity. We absolutely love that Lnxfergy has made all of Maxwell’s code available. Check out this thread post for mor information about Maxwell.

Lnxfergy will also be receiving one of our RoboTurret Vision Tracking Starter Kits.
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New TRC Features !

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

TRC Header We’ve just finished a round of updates at the Trossen Robotics Community to make it even better!

Robot Projects

Have you ever wanted one place to post all of the info on your Projects in one centralized place? Well with the new Robot Projects Page you’ll have just that! Add information about your project, as well as links to your forum/gallery posts related to your project. To celebrate the tool’s launch, we’re giving the first 50 individuals who upload a Project a $10 Trossen Robotics Gift Certificate!

Community Videos

We’ve added a new Community Video Tool so that you can add and show off your favorite videos. Just upload your video to your favorite video hosting service, and put the URL into our tool. The video will be added to the main repository of videos, as well as your profile page.

TR Videos

The Trossen Team has a huge library of videos ranging from Great Tutorial Videos to our new TRTV series. Now its easier than ever to browse our videos, just check out the new TR Videos page.