xArm is a professional robotic arm series produced by the US-based UFactory company. The xArm lineup includes the xArm 5 Lite, the xArm 6, and the xArm 7. According to their names, they respectively have 5, 6 and 7 degrees of freedom. Housed in a carbon fiber case, these aluminum arms are lightweight and extremely durable. They all feature a universal tool mount port for easily replacement of the end-use tool heads. Sold at a convenient price, these robotic arms are ideal for small and medium businesses.
The xArm 5 Lite is the entry-level, cost-effective company solution. It is equipped with 5 joints and does its best in pick&place operations. The xArm 6 is a follow-up to the 5 lite. With 6 joints and a payload of 5 kg, it provides more flexibility and accuracy. XArm 7 is the top-of-the-range solution of the family. It is composed of 7 joints, which make it as flexible as a human arm. It lets you automate complex activities enhancing your productivity and product quality. Both the 6 and 7 models include an integrated collision detector that immediately stops them in case of bumping.
All models come stock with a gripper and a vacuum-powered suction system. They are also equipped with a camera for computer vision. Continue reading for the complete review.
xArm devices are capable of performing multiple tasks, from holding a camera to accurately pack an object, they have you covered. Have a look at the examples below to get a better idea.
xArm robotic arms provide high reliability and accuracy. The xArm 5 Lite is capable of repeating a movement within 0.2mm at 0.33 m/s, while the 6 and 7 devices grant up to 0.1mm repeatability moving at up to 1 m/s.
All models are engineered with a powerful X86 chip to easily handle the controlling algorithm, granting accurate movements. Also, they adopt a compact powertrain joint, a self-developed outer rotor brushless motor and an integrated harmonic drive for higher repeatability and torque capability.
The xArm series features a programmable gripper. You can control its position, speed and force to effectively perform a variety of tasks. It also includes 5 suction cups with a payload capacity of 4 kg and a maximum vacuum degree of -90kpa. It can be used for pick and place operations, packing, sorting, and more.
The multiple axes configuration makes the robots ideal for repetitive activities.
The extreme accuracy and precision of the robotic arms make them suitable for error-free machine tending.
The robotic arms come integrated with a computer vision system, which allows detecting when a print job is done. In this way, they can automatically unload the printed model from the print bed.
All three models have a reach of 691 m. Thus, they are capable of performing a variety of tasks.
The xArm is controlled via xArm Studio. With its block-based interface, it allows dragging and dropping commands to create complex paths in short times. For easy tasks, it also supports manual teaching. Just move the arm and it will repeat your path.
xArm Studio is compatible with both computers and tablets running Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android.
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xArm series is available in white with light gray trims. Its stylish look makes it ideal for service automation, AI research, filming, and more.
The robot footprint is Ø 5 inches (Ø 126 mm). The xArm 5 lite weighs 18.7 lb(8.5 kg), the xArm 6 weighs 21 lb (9.5 kg), while the xArm 7 weighs 24 lb (11 kg).
The price of the xArm is $0.00, which is reasonable considering its functionality.