January 26, 2021

DOBOT MG400 400x275China’s DOBOT, which develops intelligent robotic arm solutions, has announced the DOBOT MG400, a lightweight desktop robot arm for automation and human-robot collaboration applications. The MG400 is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter, the company said in a statement. 

With one-third the cost of a typical industrial robot, the MG400 aims to integrate into various manufacturing processes by performing tasks such as loading and unloading, dispensing, inspection, and testing. DOBOT said the MG400 also excels in liquid handling and specimen processing at biomedical and chemical laboratories. It can also facilitate automation and robotics research at universities.

“MG400 inherits our philosophy to prioritize compactness, cost efficiency and time saving,” said Jerry Liu, founder and CEO of DOBOT. “We’ve made it lightweight and flexible to help businesses automate existing processes and workflow across industries. Our ultimate goal is to consumerize industrial-grade robots the way Apple did with personal computers.”

The company provided some examples of consumer-level ease of use, including:

  • 10-minute deployment: Taking up the same footprint as a laptop and weighing only 8 kg, the MG400 is compact enough to sit on a workbench or alongside an existing line or work cell.
  • Multiple controls for beginners and professionals allow the MG400 to be programmed through teach and playback, graphical block program, and LUA script.
  • Easy to teach, through drag-and-move motions that teach the robot a specific path.

Additional features of the robot include:

  • Maximum payload of 500g
  • A joint maximum speed of 300°/s
  • Reach of 400 mm
  • The precision of guaranteed repeatability of up to ±0.05mm, the same thickness as a human hair
  • Collision detection algorithm with a force threshold of less than 12N. DOBOT said the NG400 needs no security fence and stops instantly when it touches an obstacle.

More details are available at the Kickstarter page. The company is currently aiming to reach a $100,000 goal for the project by Friday, March 21, 2021.