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Motus Labs M-DRIVE ML1000 series

The new family of precision geared solutions offers higher torque density with no compromise in performance. The unique patented design utilizes a series of CAM-driven blocks that engage over 80% of the output ring surface area at all times. Motus Labs geared solutions are compact, lightweight, zero backlash, high precision.



Motus Labs identified an opportunity to disrupt the robotic drive market.

All articulated robots have multiple joints built with actuators – a combination of motors and gears, that control positioning and acceleration on various axes. The transmissions or gears are the most critical, differentiating and expensive component, yet still have performance limitations.

Critical part – High cost – Limited performance – all the makings for a breakthrough invention!

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The Future with Motus

Just Imagine

We know our geared solutions can significantly impact the robotic industry due to the innovative architecture. Just imagine if the overall solution cost of building a robot could be cut up to 50%, yet it was compact, more precise and lighter. Various industries would have the ability to use robots in more applications and bring them to market faster and cheaper.

Communications & Imaging

  • 5G Networks
  • Satellite Tracking & Communications
  • Telescopes
  • Cinematography/Remote Control Heads/Slider motor


Automation/Motion Control

Motus M-DRIVE compact size and rigid long term reliability/long life provide key advantages in some of these verticals.

  • Servo Gearheads
  • Pick & Place Systems
  • Food & Beverage
  • Printing/Packaging
  • Textile & Paper
  • Machine Tools
  • Laser Welding/Fabrication


Agricultural robots automate slow, repetitive and dull tasks for farmers including:

  • Harvesting and picking
  • Weed control
  • Autonomous mowing, pruning, seeding, spraying and thinning
  • Sorting and packing


Medical Robots have diverse applications including:

  • X-Ray & Radiation Tables
  • MRI/PET Machines
  • Surgical robots
  • Telepresence robots for remote caregiving
  • Disinfectant robots
  • Blood-drawing/Medication delivery robots

Aerospace & Defense

Defense Robots are deployed by the military in combat scenarios. These robots enhance a soldier’s or sailor’s existing capabilities while keeping them out of harm’s way.

  • Satellites
  • UAVs
  • Antenna Positioning
  • Automated Weapons Targeting


Construction Robots have many uses:

  • 3D printing of large structures
  • Bricklaying
  • Dual-arm heavy equipment for disaster relief
  • Climbing robots for inspection and construction.
  • Demolition


Motus M-DRIVES precision gears offer zero-backlash and a lightweight compact design. Our M-DRIVE provides an alternative gear solution to robotic suppliers and manufacturers for Industrial Robots, Collaborative Robots, SCARA Robots, Service Robots, Gantry Robots, and Exoskeleton Systems.

Pick & Place

Logistics | Pick & Place Robots are the fastest growing service robot segment. There are multiple applications including:

  • Container loading/unloading
  • Stationary piece picking
  • Custom packaging


Inspection Robots are equipped with cameras and are made to inspect tight spaces. They go everywhere you can’t (or won’t) go: into attics, under houses, inside ducts, down sewers and through culverts and pipes.

Motus  Markets

A common challenge faced by the robotic suppliers is the high cost and limited performance of the actuators/gear drives.

Service & Collaborative Robots

A Service robot performs useful tasks outside the area of industrial automation such as agriculture, medical, logistics, construction & inspection.

The fast-growing, Cobot robot market builds smaller robots that often work alongside humans. The robots can ‘learn’ on the job and have other characteristics unique to working with humans.

  • Safety monitored stop
  • Hand guiding
  • Speed & separation monitoring
  • Power & force limiting

Industrial Robots

Traditional, large industrial articulated robots are more expensive to build and often replace humans.

  • Designed to perform repetitive work in place of human employees.
  • Used to automate the manufacturing process almost entirely without human help.
  • Require an engineer to write new code for any changes to the repetitive process.

Robotic Drive Problem

A robot actuator must be strong, precise, and lightweight, resulting in a costly design.

Modern requirements

Strain wave and cycloidal designs are still using gear technology that has many limitations.

Today’s robots require high torque, high precision, low weight and a controlled rate of motion.  Current gear solution designs need to meet these requirements and rely on expensive, special alloys and high-precision manufacturing processes.

Current drive technology hits its limits

  • Heavy – Problem compounded with each robot joint & increasing torque required.
  • Elastic – Limits speed and impacts motion planning
  • Not Efficient – Energy input wasted with friction and heat.
  • Expensive – Gear drive requires exacting special fabrication.

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