40$ SCARA Arm


This SCARA robotic arm is suitable as a base for programming projects. Considering it costs less than $ 40, the strength it can support is not very high. The choice of materials is mainly due to the fact that I wanted to use some pieces I had in stock(For this reason I used reed sensors and 3$ stepper motors).

The top plate ("top.stl") is suitable for both a stepper and a 360 servo to handle Z movement. If you are using a servo, you also need to print the rev counter (“rev_counter.stl”) and mount an extra magnet and  an extra reed sensor. If you use a stepper, you will only need an extra coupler. For convenience I recommend the second solution (also because it's simpler to program).

I decided to leave a thread hole at the end of the arm so that you can design your own modules  and I hope that you will share them with the community.

I advise you to convert the steppers to bipolar function, so they will have more torque and they will work directly with the Arduino RepRap and CNC  boards, to make it,  follow this tutorial.

Unfortunately I did not write any demo program (I hate to programming)

If you like this model and want to see it move, write some lines and share your code please.

If you have any questions, let a comment and I will answer as soon as possible. if many people will have questions about th assembling process, I will make a video tutorial.


-3x  8mm steel bars (you can choose the length)

-1x M6 threaded bar 

-6x M6 nuts

-12x M4 nuts

-2x M4 25mm screws

-9x M4 20mm screws

-34x 8mm steel balls

-2x M3 plastic screws

-1x M4 50mm

-2x 22mmbearing

-6x 8mm linear bearing

-1x 7mm x 20mm spring

-1x   button

-1x  micro bearingConfiguration one:

-3x  reed sensor

-3x 6mm magnets  

-2 stepper

-1x360 servo

Configuration 2:

-2x  reed sensor

-2x magnets

-3x stepper

-1x coupler

Printing settings (BQ Witbox):

200 micron

60 mm/s

supports everywhere

Design Files

File Size

672 KB
533 KB
794 KB
1.28 MB
100 KB
286 KB
75.1 KB
51.3 KB
97.5 KB
2.47 MB
441 KB
487 KB
487 KB
top .stl
720 KB
68.4 KB


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