Inverse Kinematics test

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Using the 8BitRobots Module to operate a 3D printed robot arm

Tim WilkinsonTim Wilkinson 06/13/2018 at 20:110 Comments

I've added an Inverse Kinematics (IK) module to the 8BitRobots Blockly programming interface. This is described here ( The goal is to make it simple to use IK without learning all the math. As a quick test of the software I built a simple two-piece robot arm (using the servo brackets from this project rather than immediately jumping on the IK for the arm described in this project. Here it is in action:

On the right-to-left stroke the tip of the arm (effector) attempts to stay on a straight line (it moves between five points). The code for this looks like this:

The arm consists of two "bones" hinged on the same axis. This code moves it on a path every 8 seconds, with each movement taking a second (so 5 seconds of movement, with a 3 second pause). The IK part is given the point to place the effector, and generates the angles for the two arm servos.