I'm new to robots and struggling to find information (buy) and sources on what we're looking for (or what we are trying to accomplish) for an idea (proof of concept) we want to test. We really don't want to build this ourselves, but we aren't willing to spend a lot since it's a proof of concept.
What we were looking to accomplish is to have a robot hold a scanning probe in a specific orientation as it scans through a 2D plane in space (no touch). Low noise and vibration are solid requirements. Speed is less important. We would like something that has some reach, maybe 4ftx4ft but its a POC...
I think there are a couple of designs that could accomplish this. For example, two linear systems for a simple xy positioning. More advanced would be 2 axis arm using servos or a multi-axis arm.
Ideally, some simple software to control it (motion planning where the operator can specify the size to measure and the number of scans in each axis - e.g. 30" by 30" with 30 vertical and 10 horizontal passes.
Everything I've seen is production ready and expensive so we're wondering if anyone is aware of a simple cost-effective system that might allow trying a few things?
Thanks in advance! PV