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Cheap Source For Robot Parts

Hello All,

I just fell into a cheap source for robot parts. In fact, I got them free. It seems your local hospitals have disposable items that must be thrown out if they are expired. I came across a bunch of these "graspers" at my local hospital. THey were happy to give them to me rather than throwing them away. User-inserted image

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User-inserted image They are surgical steel and plastic with considerable grip and rotate at the hub. The silver one is 9 inches long and the black one is 18 inches long. Could make really cool grippers for a small to medium bot. I also got some guide wires in sleeves which are great for linkages to servos. Just worth checking out.


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United Kingdom

The only thing you would get for free in a UK hospital is MRSA!

Don't forget to give them a rinse, they may have been where the sun doeth not shine eek

Nice catch though.


THese are all brand new in the package, they have just expired from the sterilization date. THe larger one of the two actually has a blade that can come out to cut what ever it is gripping. I think I may use it on my big bot to grab and cut fishing line, etc.


HAhahaha wow just when i think i've seen it all... Leave it to you all to surprise me yet again! That IS a good idea for sure. There's probably a few more places like that


My wife is an RN and currently working towards her Masters. She is employed at a large hospital here in central Florida. I'm certainly going to share this post with her and see if I can procure some of these goodies. Thanks for the heads up bret.