DYNAMIXEL Pro Just Released for Professional Robot Developers
This new line-up of products from ROBOTIS will aid developers in the field/service robotics market.
By Robotics Trends News Sources - Filed Oct 16, 2013

ROBOTIS is a renowned manufacturer of the DYNAMIXEL smart servo that has widely been used for robotics education and research for over a decade. The company recently released DYNAMIXEL Pro, a new line-up of products targeted for professional robot developers in the field/service robotics market. 

Cycloidal Gear System, Powerful yet Endurable 
Basic all-in-one modular concept of DYNAMIXEL has been inherited to the DYNAMIXEL Pro. It has successfully integrated the BLDC motor (up to 200W), controller, driver, encoder and gear system into its compact rectangular shape. The key innovation has been made to the cycloidal gear system, which guarantees minimum backlash as low as 3.5 arcmin and powerful yet endurable operation. In addition to feedback information like position and speed, DYNAIMXEL Pro has current-sensing feature that enables force control algorithm for service robots. 

Modular Approach to Build Applications
Robot developers have spent tremendous amounts of time transforming their ideas and designs into reality. As the robot size grows, mechanical complexity increases and demand of efficient actuation system has been one of the top priorities. In addition, easy operation and maintenance was also a major bottle-neck to the numerous prototype robot designs. 

ROBOTIS has taken the initiative to solve these problems using its modular design, and the result looks quite promising. 

As soon as the DYNAMIXEL Pro was released, robot developers across continents already started to build various applications. Virginia Tech (USA) has built culinary robot CARL featured on the MasterChef Season 4, Ritsumeikan University (Japan) has added the detachable manipulator on wheel chair, University of Bonn (Germany) has started to build a space robot. WillowGarage is now working on integrating the DYNAMIXEL Pro to ROS. 

THOR-OP: 6 months to build a 150cm Humanoid
In 2010, DARwIn-OP open source humanoid project made a successful debut and teams using DARwIn-OP have recorded consecutive winning parade in RoboCup and FIRA. 

The company saw the next round of opportunities in the field/service robots that negotiate the real-world problems. 

Last year ROBOTIS joined as a member of Team THOR in DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), and this summer ROBOTIS unveiled the THOR-OP, a life-size humanoid (150cm) made by DYNAMIXEL Pro. It took just 6 months to build and make it walk. 

By developing DYNAMIXEL Pro and participating in DRC, it is clear what ROBOTIS wants to prove. 

H/W problem should be no longer an issue for developing robots. 

Model No.

H54-200-S500-R

H54-100-S500-R

H42-20-S300-R

Motor Type

BLDC (200W)

BLDC (100W)

DC (20W)

Dimension

54 x 54 x 126 mm

54 x 54 x 108 mm

42 x 42 x 84 mm

Resolution

502,000

502,000

304,000

Weight

855g

732g

340g

Gear Ratio

502

502

304

Backlash (arcmin)

3.8

3.5

3.5

No load Speed (RPM)

35

35.2

28.3

Continuous Torque (Nm)

39.131

21.142

5.596

Continuous Current (A)

9.505

5.930

1.989

Common Feature

-      32-bit ARM Cortex Embedded

-      Incremental Encoder + Absolute Magnetic Encoder

-      ID, Position, Velocity and Torque control

-      Packet communication over RS-485 protocol

For more information, please visit the following websites. 

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