This guide will help you get up and running with your WidowXL Robot Arm. By the end of this guide, you will have configured your robot electronics, assembled your robot and tested your robot. You will then be able to proceed to our demo code guides.
Setting Up Your ArbotiX & Arduino Software
InterbotiX Kits are designed to work with the ArbotiX-M Robocontroller, an Arduino compatible microcontroller designed to work with DYNAMIXEL servos. This guide will show you how to setup and program the ArbotiX-M Robocontroller.
Setting Your DYNAMIXEL IDs
Every DYNAMIXEL servo comes set to a default ID of '1'. However, for your robot to work, you will need to set the servos to the correct ID numbers. This guide will help you use the DYNAmanager software and the ArbotiX-M robocontroller to set the IDs for each servo.
Each servo must be IDed one-at-a-time, so it is easiest to set the servo IDs before you assemble your robot. If you have multiple servos with the same ID connected to each other, you will not be able to ID the servos.
|Servo ID||Servo Model||Horn and Idler configuration||Servo Location|
|Servo ID #1:||MX-28||Horn only||Base|
|Servo ID #2:||MX-106||Horn and Idler||Shoulder|
|Servo ID #3:||MX-106||Horn and Idler||Elbow|
|Servo ID #4:||MX-64||Horn and Idler||Wrist Angle|
|Servo ID #5:||AX-12||Horn only (preinstalled)||Wrist Rotate|
|Servo ID #6:||AX-12||Horn only (preinstalled)||Gripper|
Building Your Robot
This guide will show you how to build and wire your robot. This guide includes a list of parts that come with your kit and tips for building your robot.
Testing Your Robot
This guide will show you how to load a test program onto your robot as well as a video showing how your robot should move when the program is loaded. This test program and video will ensure that you have assembled your robot correctly.
Optional ArbotiX Commander / Wireless Setup
If you have purchased the ArbotiX Commander and wish to control the arm via XBee modules, you will need to follow the instructions in the guides: Configuring XBee Modules and Setting up the ArbotiX Commander. Once you've completed setup for these devices, you can proceed to the WidowX Arm / Arbotix Commander Demo Guide
Optional Using LiPo Batteries
The WidowX Robot Arm can be powered from any 11-12v DC source. This includes batteries like Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries sold by Trossen Robotics. LiPo batteries need more care and attention than other rechargeable batteries. Please follow this guide to learn how to properly use, recharge and store your batteries.
Demo Code Guides
Once you have gotten comfortable with the demo code for your robot, check out some of the projects for your robot.