Design of modular robotic joints for achieving various robot configurations

Document Type

Journal Article


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Engineering




This article was originally published as: Tolouei Rad, M. , & Dhull, A. (2012). Design of modular robotic joints for achieving various robot configurations. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 72(1), 207-211. Original article available here


This paper describes various stages of design and prototyping of a modular robot for use in various industrial applications. The major goal of current research has been to design and make different robotic joints at low cost capable of being assembled together in any given order for achieving various robot configurations. Five different types of joins were designed and manufactured where extensive research has been carried out on the design of each joint in order to achieve optimal strength, size, modularity, and price. This paper presents various stages of research and development undertaken to engineer these joints that include material selection, manufacturing, and strength analysis. The outcome of this research addresses the birth of a new generation of modular industrial robots with a wider range of applications and greater efficiency.

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