MeArm (I) – Unpacking

You can’t believe how happy I am to be able to do this series of posts. It’s been a while since I wanted to make a small robot but I was finding difficult how to find all the different components keeping a low budget and maintaining things simple. Finally, I recently discovered a small robotic arm called MeArm which I purchased through the Hackaday Store. After less than a couple of weeks (quite fast in my opinion since it was dispatched from the US and I live in Ireland) I’ve received my own ‘yellow clear’ MeArm. This is the first post of a series where I’m going to address the building and programming of this robotic arm starting from the unpacking. Hopefully, after reading these posts you will be able to address the construction of the device and prevent making some mistakes I will almost certainly do.

MeArm box with the sticker and a WiFi module I ordered along with the robot arm.
MeArm box with the sticker and a WiFi module I ordered along with the robot arm.

In the picture above you can see the inside of the box that I received from the Hackaday store. The package comes with a Hackaday sticker and the box at the bottom contains all the components to build MeArm. Inside the grey anti-static bag on the right there’s a WiFi module I ordered together with the robotic arm. Hopefully I will be able to integrate WiFi access to the robot… but this is just a thought for the future.

The inside of the MeArm box with all the required components
The inside of the MeArm box with all the required components

This picture above shows what you can expect if you order your own MeArm: On the left hand side there are 4 servo motors required to move the arm: one is for the base, two more for the arm (elbow and shoulder) and the final one is for the clamp. On the same side, at the bottom, you can see a small bag with all the screws and nuts you are going to need to build the machine. Finally, on the right hand side you can see all the components you will need for the structure. In my case, these came in yellow clear and transparent plastic. If they don’t seem to be very transparent is just because all the samples become with a sticker you have to remove during assembly.

And that’s it, in the next post I will test the servos to be sure that they perform well

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