This is my Xdroid’s Medium-Duty Robotic Gripper, designed for applications where gripping/holding/lifting something is needed. I designed them to support both Standard-Size servo’s as well as the HiTec Waterproof servos (slightly larger than standard size).
This gripper is designed with touch-sensitivity in-mind, with a specially-designed hand/paddle model combo that allows you to pancake an Adafruit Industries 1.5″ x 1.5″ Force Sensitive Resistor inside safely ; adafruit.com/products/1075 ; The paddle design ensures that the force is sensed regardless of where the paddles grip an object.
This model requires two Standard size servos, I have not completed the version in which both paddles are controlled by one servo, and a standard-size servo at regular torque might have problems just actuating the gripper as it is.
I recommend a high-torque metal gear standard-size servo, like the one’s Adafruit sells.
The models in this thing are oriented in the direction that I recommend you print them – with the proper face-down. To make a complete Medium-Duty Gripper, you will need to print some models multiple times while other models you will only need to print once. The instructions will detail this out.
I have plans to modify and improve this further!
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