FlowArm PLTW

Last modified by Eric Nantel on 2022/11/29 14:02



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FlowARM PLTW is a new graphical interface which provides the user with complete control over the Lynxmotion AL5D robotic arm, both offline and in real time. The user is presented with multiple views of the arm, allowing the user to click and drag the arm to the desired location while the software takes care of all inverse kinematics equations.

Created for Project Lead The Way (PLTW)

Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) solution and is used in over 5,000 schools across the U.S. The PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) curriculum includes creating an assembly line and use of the Lynxmotion AL5D arm. This software was created so students would have full control of the arm without having to spend significant time programming, and integrate it easily into a larger manufacturing / assembly system. 

Complete Control

FlowARM PLTW works with the versatile Lynxmotion SSC-32 servo controller board which not only allows for control of the 6 servo motors of the AL5D arm (with wrist rotate), but also allows for control of additional digital I/O via the interface: 

  • 2 additional servo outputs
  • 8 outputs available for lights, buzzers, and other devices
  • 4 inputs for receiving start and stop signals

The digital inputs and outputs are particularly useful for interfacing the Lynxmotion AL5D with other robot systems used in the PLTW CIM course. This way, the arm can move a object into place, activate another robot, wait until it is done, and then move the object away.

The SSC-32 and SSC-32U servo controllers can be easily adapted for Bluetooth (wireless) control. As such, the software automatically scans all of the computer's COM ports at various Baud rates in order to automatically detect and connect to the controller, whether it is connected using a cable or via Bluetooth.

Pattern Sequencer

FlowArm PLTW has a powerful pattern sequencer component (normally found only in the full version of FlowBotics Studio) that is used to create reusable patterns within minutes or hours, instead of days or weeks. The sequencer also allows you to vary the speed of playback of a routine.


  • Compatible with Windows XP SP2 (with .NET Framework), Windows 7, and Windows 8. Requires internet connection.
  • Minimum requirements for Windows XP: 2 GHz (single core), 1 GB RAM, and 1024x768 resolution.
  • Requires Lynxmotion robotic arm with Lynxmotion SSC-32 Servo Controller
Created by Eric Nantel on 2022/03/16 14:20
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