A friend has a new CRS A465(still in the boxes) which he never used and will donate it to one of the schools I’m working with. I’ve only found a few videos so far and lots of simulators but not much about the controller and its interface. Wondering if I’m going to need to run a Windows 98 VM to control this or if there’d be a way to control it via a Linux based machine.
I did some searching around today and found some info based on a CRS F3 robot arm which uses the same C500C controller box. The F3 robots seemed to be more popular so what I found was that there’s a serial port( RS232 ) which can be used via the RAPL/3 language which is a text based command set with commands like “joint j 30” to move joint j 30 degrees or “move taughtPos” to move based on a stored/taught motion. The software normally used with this old robot was a Windows based program called RobComm3.
I was able to find an RAPL/3 user guide and I found a brochure for the A465. It looks like a nice manipulator arm albeit over 15 years old. The arm weighs 68 lbs and this is so old that the controller box also weighs that much and has a larger footprint!
Repeatability is stated to be 0.05mm so very nice.
a465.pdf (231.6 KB)