GRBL is quite popular with the CNC hobby community, open source firmware that turns an Arduino into a CNC controller. It was released in 2015 and in recent years has gained many friends, among them SourceRabbit, a Greek CNC machine tool manufacturer, which aspires to transform GRBL from a hobby tool to an industry standard by offering the first commercial CNC control software for GRBL-compatible CNC machines.
Their new commercial software, GCode Sender 4-Axis, released in April 2021, replaced their old 3-axis software which has been available since 2015. It is compatible with the classic 3-Axis GRBL for AVR processors and the new multi axis Grbl for the Esp32.
We managed to obtain a statement from Nikos Siatras, CEO of SourceRabbit, who told us “From 2015 until the beginning of 2021, many GCode Sender applications were developed to control GRBL CNC machine tools. All of them were open source, free of charge, without any support and often with several bugs that tire even the most patient user. While GRBL is an incredibly good and flexible CNC control firmware, the GCode Senders that existed until today gave the impression that GRBL is purely for hobbyists. Through the development of our own software we are going to change that and we will try to make GRBL a CNC industry standard.”
SourceRabbit plans to implement many new tools and features to the GCode Sender 4-Axis. The software retails for €50.00 + VAT and with the purchase of each license you have free access to all subsequent versions of the software.
The Hitbot Z-Arm brings incredible versatility and convenience to hobbyists, makers and manufacturers. This one of a kind robotic arm can perform any number of tasks including 3D printing, soldering, engraving and assembly guided by a unique and intuitive set of programming tools that anyone can use.
Never before has the convenience and versatility of a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm)been so accessible and user friendly. This type of advanced robotic arm uses a parallel axis joint layout which articulates in a similar way to a human arm, making it faster and more accurate than mechanical arms of previous generations.
These incredible robotic arms have been used in the most advanced manufacturing facilities for sorting, circuit building and even automobile assembly. Now, with the release of the Hitbot Z-Arm, this powerful technology is available to hobbyists, makers, inventors and robotics enthusiasts. This programmable robotic arm can be anything from a personal assistant to a useful tool or dependable production line component. The Z-Arm will change the way people use technology and provide a completely new type of easily programmable robotic tool.
Unlike the complex and expensive industrial robotic arms that inspired it, the Z-Arm is extremely easy to program for virtually any task. No special programming knowledge is necessary, making it simple for anyone to use. It uses an integrated driver and motion controller that can be programmed with an intuitive App using a simple graphical interface. It can even be manually programmed by moving the arm itself to create repeatable motions for different tasks.
The list of applications that can be applied to the Z-Arm is endless. It can perform 3D printing, laser engraving, circuit board soldering and assembly. It can play games, write, cut, perform repetitious actions or simply help out around the house as a personal assistant. It is even equipped with a camera for accurate visual identification, perfect for sorting and organizing. It handles objects of all types, even carefully gripping fragile items with ease.
For more complex processes, multiple Z-Arms can be programmed to work together. Z-Arm can also work alongside humans with its safety-rated monitored stop, which stops the robot if a human enters its collaborative workspace. As a programmable robotic arm with high precision, its uses are only limited by the imagination.
In terms of specifications the Z-Arm has an impressive list including 0.02mm Repeatability, a 400 mm Reach, and a front arm Rotation of 360 degrees. Add to that, a 430°/s Speed and a Payload capacity of up to 2kg which allows it to deliver industrial grade performance in a cost-effective manner. It is simply one of the most versatile robotic arms available today.
“Our group of designers and robotics experts wanted to encourage innovation by making the most affordable industrial-quality robotic arm that had intuitive tools which make it easy to use for novices. The Z-Arm is the culmination of our dream, a mechanical arm for the masses that will make the power of robotics accessible to everyone.” Jun Tian, CEO Hitbot LTD
The team behind Hitbot are designers, developers and robotics experts who have years of experience in the field and a passion for creating powerful robotics for consumers. Their unique products are designed to make robotics easy for anyone to program and use.
The Hitbot Z-Arm is being launched via Kickstarter campaign so the company can reward their community of early adopters with special deals and pricing.