As robotics technology progresses at a rapid pace, there is an increasing demand for affordable and user-friendly robots that can be utilized for educational and research purposes. When deciding on a robot arm for these purposes, it’s important to consider factors such as size, precision, safety, cost-effectiveness, ease of operation, and openness of architecture. Mecademic robots stand out in the market due to their exceptional performance in all of these areas, outpacing both industrial and academic competitors. If you’re in search of a new research or academic robot, the Meca500 offers numerous benefits and applications that should be considered.
Easily use our robots in advanced ways
Teach robotics without making your students learn complex robot programming languages and environments. Mecademic robots do not have a proprietary programming language and are easy to control. Simply use Ethernet to stream any of the motion and request commands described in our programming manual. The robots come with a web interface for jogging and program testing. You can control them with ROS, Python, Matlab, or C++ using some of the APIs that we offer, and even develop applications such as hand-guiding and fast visual serving with our velocity control mode.
Commission up to a dozen precision robots without renovating your lab
Our industrial robot arms are by far the smallest, most compact, and most precise on the market. Their tiny size makes it easy to transport them in a carry-on case. Deploy them in minutes simply by plugging them into any standard wall outlet and any computer! Our robots are nearly noiseless, so be sure not to forget to power them off. Additionally, their precision and accuracy make it possible to have them work in tandem.
Receive access to advanced pedagogical material
If you have ever searched for information on Euler angles or robot singularities, chances are you have come across our tutorials. Mecademic users will have advanced access to future in-depth pedagogical material, high-resolution images, and videos. Educators may use our tutorials to save time developing their course curriculums.
Avoid hidden costs and restrictions
Our industrial robots are not only affordable, they also don’t come with any hidden costs. There are no maintenance fees, no licenses to renew, and no training courses to take. Users receive free firmware updates and technical support. Additionally, most setups using our robots don’t require expensive or custom robot cells. You can build relatively complex but small installations with off-the-shelf precision components from Thorlabs or Vention.
Robotics higher education
Our robots are easy to operate and program, saving professors hours on explaining how to use them. Our robots are so small, compact, noiseless, and energy efficient, that professors and researchers can easily equip their robotics classrooms or labs with dozens at a time.
Medical robotics research
Thanks to its high accuracy, the Meca500 is often equipped with a needle and haptic device for use in surgical robotics research. In fact, micro-surgery was the first commercial application of the Meca500. In this application, cameras were used to calibrate the robot tool.
Real-time path control
With their simple Cartesian and joint velocity commands, Mecademic robots can be controlled in velocity mode. Users can pair the robot with any position sensor (e.g., laser distance sensor or 3D tracking device) and follow a desired trajectory using their own control algorithms and a computer connected to both the sensor and the robot (see this example).
You can mount a force/torque sensor (or even the SpaceMouse module) on the flange of our Meca500. This enables professors and researchers to implement their own impedance control algorithm based on the use of our velocity mode.
The Meca500 outperforms all its competitors in terms of compact size, ease of integration, safety, and affordability, making it the best option on the market for a host of academic and research applications.
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