So you have new Lynxmotion robots for your classroom, so now you have to build and wire them. I’ve put together 4 videos to help you assemble and wire them. This is not meant to replace the manual, but rather to supplement it. You can find the manual here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. Lots of new stuff in the manual too, especially about how servos work.
Here’s a few short videos to get you going!
How do you wire the AL5D Lynxmotion robot arm for power?
You really have to make sure that you do this right, or you will damage the SSC-32U and/or the power supply, and it will not work. So, start by reading the manual; you can find it Here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. Also, see the video below.
I heard building the AL5D was really hard. Do you have any tips or tricks for building it?
Of course we have tips and tricks! Best one yet? Read the new manual; you can find it Here: PLTW-AL5D-Guide-11. They just spent a lot of time rewriting the manual, and added a lot of our suggestions to it, so please start there. Next just watch the video below!
Sorry it took so long, but here is some info on how to make the Dual Handshake Module Jim & I designed two years ago. All files are attached in a zip file at the link below. These files include:
All inventor part files: tweak to your heart’s content
STL and Makerbot files
DXF files for the cover.
Various pictures to help with assembly
PDF of this Project
Handshake Module ContainerItems above in red are not needed. These were from version 1. This brings the cost down, but requires you to use less costly servo extension wires for the cables.
Soldering Diagram (Better one coming soon!)
Solder 4N25 IC’s in place. Use caution and work quickly as they are heat sensitive.
Solder LED’s and Headers in place (or wires, your choice!)
Knock the corners of the board off so it fits into the container.
Snap the board into the container.
Place the spacers on top of the board.
Place the cover on carefully.
Put the 4-40 screws through.
Put the nuts on the back, tighten carefully.
Tips and Tricks:
Paint the cover BLACK before you peel it, and the black dots will indicate where the black wires go! The arrows indicate the direction of the communication: Tail of the arrow = the signal “Sender”, head of the arrow = signal “Receiver”
Container back prints with space for 4-40 nuts.
Container front prints so that the board will snap into the built in standoffs. IN ORDER TO FIT, YOU HAVE TO KNOCK THE CORNERS OFF THE BREADBOARD. I used a belt sander.
To assemble the parts, see below. Be sure to use the printed spacers to stop the board from wiggling around!
Where do I get the software for Robocell and CNCmotion before I go to CTI?
In the “CIM Readiness Training LMS. Just log into MyPLTW and find the course titles Computer Integrated Manufacturing Readiness training, and follow these directions:
Once you are in the course, scroll down and click on the link circled below:
Then scroll down again, and viola! It’s right there!
Just click on those two links and it will take you to a PDF with directions on how to download and install!