Art-Bot robotic arm made from bicycle parts cuts effortlessly through wood
Morgan Rauscher has been working on an 8-inch long robotic arm dubbed Art-Bot for almost a decade now, that can cut through hardwood with ease courtesy a chainsaw attached to the arm ending. Interestingly the robotic arm is made from bicycle parts to demonstrate how trash material can be used to create something worth adoring. The robotic arm is controlled with the help of arcade machine like buttons salvaged from arcade video game which gives one the feel of maneuvering around the robotic hand in a gaming like environment.
Art-Bot has been built in such a way that it has 360 degree freedom of movement which allows it to move in any direction to wreak havoc with its chainsaw cutter. Ok, I got too far in saying that, but it can pack a punch while performing the cutting.
All the components of the robot are salvaged from recycled bicycle parts that are of no use otherwise. For the controlling part of the arm, Morgan used Arduino, servos and actuators so that Art-Bot moves without any hassle.
Morgan has detailed-in on the Art-Bot project and you can follow the complete details on making one for yourself by jumping straight over to the project page.