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Drive Train

The part of a robot’s actuation system that allows it to move through the world is called the drive train. This includes the motors, gears, drive belts, axles, wheels, legs, or tracks, and any other components directly related to robotic locomotion. The job of the robot’s drive train is loosely analogous to that of our own legs and feet.

The heart of the drive train is the motor. There are basically three types of motors commonly found in robots; each of them is covered in the following sections.


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