Information about SDK for lynxmotion AL5D

Want a brief info about SDK for lynxmotion AL5D manipulator.

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@jhansi_123 Welcome to the RobotShop Community. There are two main variations of the AL5D: one using a programmable, Arduino-based microcontroller called the BotBoarduino, and the other using a dedicated RC servo controller called the SSC-32U.

The SSC-32U documentation can be found here:

BotBoarduino documentation can be found here:

In terms of a specific SDK, it’s more “split up”. The choice will depend on if you want the computer to take care of all calculations (SSC-32U) or if you want more to be done by the arm, or even stand-alone (BotBoarduino). There are examples for the BotBoarduino on the Lynxmotion GitHub.

Can you tell us more about your application / what you want to use it for?

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Thanks for the reply. I want to know about what are the software packages and API’s that comes along with the lynxmotion AL5D manipulator to develop our custom applications.

Aside from executable user interfaces and sample code and , there are no specific APIs for the AL5D. FlowBotics Studio may be the closest option:

You can use this to change the interface of Flowarm (included in the download).
Perhaps if you give some information about what you’re looking to create we can be of more assistance.

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Thank You, I could use this to develop my application.

I am trying to develop a system that can do different tasks like pressing buttons on the devices, picking a credit/debit card and be able to tap/swipe on the POS terminal, able to test the touch screen of mobile/tab etc… I need to be able to change the end effector for a chosen application. The instructions for these tasks could be coming from serial or TCP/IP kind of interface.

I will explore little further on the github examples provided. Meanwhile, let me know if you could point me a specific example to look at.

Also, I would like to know how I can purchase from India, lead time etc… Appreciate your help on this, Thanks again.

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Controlling the AL5D (and most other articulated arms) is really about inverse kinematics and path planning. The AL5D’s protocol is really joint by joint and is really easy to understand. Regarding the “tasks”, that comes down to an external application / code determining which coordinates for the arm to go to, what to do there etc. You can download FlowBotics Studio (free) and pick through the various elements which make up the FlowArm application. You’d likely need to read through the FlowBotics manual a bit first. Unlike programs like Python, C etc., it’s a more visual interface and the code for more complex blocks needs to be done in Ruby. You might want to create code for each task as opposed to an “all-encompassing” code.

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I would like to know how I can purchase from India, lead time etc…and also I would like to know about the end effector capabilities, like can we able to change the type of end effector. Could you please provide information on the range of end effectors that are compatible with this manipulator.

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I would like to know how I can purchase from India, lead time etc.

Easiest way is to add the product to your cart, enter the shipping information and you’ll be able to see shipping options without having to place or finish the order. If you select an arm which is not in stock at the moment, we can check the production delay for you but need to know which model.

I would like to know about the end effector capabilities, like can we able to change the type of end effector.

This is the default parallel gripper included with the AL5 series arms:

0 to 1.3" opening, with a pair of threaded inserts on each finger so customers can create and add their own finger extensions.

It’s connected to the wrist via an SES v1 mounting pattern, so you can connect SES v1 brackets and end effectors, or use them to create your own.

Could you please provide information on the range of end effectors that are compatible with this manipulator.

There are three wrist rotate options:

End effector options:

The SES V2 V-style gripper is also compatible in RC mode (servo and mounting bracket sold separately):

Note that you also have the option of an SES v2 arm:

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Thanks for the information. Are there any manipulators whose end effector is capable to point out at particular point on a screen like mobile display/tablet.

There is a 3D printable pen holder:


You might be able to use that with a mini touch pen:

The part can be 3D printed from an online service, and needs two screws and two nuts to clamp the pen, and small wood screws to hold it to the SES pattern.

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Aside from the occasional pen holder, I’m not aware of any end effectors for commercial robot arms which are meant for making contact with screens. We have seen a few similar requests, but in terms of overall demand for robot arms, it does not seem many have created products specifically for that application.

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