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Motus Labs M-DRIVE ML1000 series

The new family of precision drives offers higher torque density than competing strain wave gearing 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. This design distributes load stresses over a much larger surface area, permitting the Motus M-DRIVE to deliver much higher torque per unit size and volume than competing strain wave drives.



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!

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.

Motus M-Drive Makes a Better Robot

We Are A Revolution In Motion

Robotic drive uses mating surfaces instead of gear teeth – resulting in a lighter, faster & more accurate robot.

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.

The Future with M-Drive

Just Imagine

We know the M-DRIVE can significantly impact the robotic industry due to the innovative design and all-around better efficiencies. Just imagine if the overall solution cost of building a robot could be cut up to 50%, yet it was stronger, more precise and lighter. Various industries would have the ability to use robots in more applications and bring them to market faster and cheaper.


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

Agricultural Robotics market should be $12.8B by 2022.


Medical Robots have diverse applications including:

  • Telepresence robots for remote caregiving
  • Disinfectant robots
  • Blood-drawing robots
  • Medication delivery robots
  • Haptic (touch-sensitive) therapy robots

The Medical Robot market will be a $13B market by 2022.


Service Robots assist human beings, typically by performing a job that is dirty, dull, distant, dangerous or repetitive, including household chores. They typically are autonomous and/or operated by a built-in control system, with manual override options. The Service Robot market will be worth $23.9B by 2022.


Exoskeleton Robots mimic, augment or enhance the body’s movements. The primary application is in medical rehabilitation and is also seen in military uses. Partial exoskeletons are used in construction. The Exoskeleton market will be a $3B market by 2022.


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. Defense Robots are a $18B market today, growing to $30B by 2021.


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

Construction Robots will be a $320M market by 2021.


Humanoid Robots are in humanoid and non-humanoid forms. These robots are intended to interact with customers in finding items or completing a task. The Humanoid Robot market was $60M in 2017, growing to $90M by 2022.


Logistical Robots are the fastest growing service robot segment. There are multiple applications including:

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

This segment is a $4B market today, growing to $20B by 2021.


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. The Inspection Robots market size is projected to reach $3.72B by 2021.

Industrial Cleaning

Industrial Cleaning Robots are professional service robots designed to perform cleaning tasks in an industrial setup. Tasks include floor cleaning (sweeping, vacuuming, scrubbing, and high-pressure washing), duct and pipe cleaning. The Industrial Cleaning Robot market is projected to grow to $302.42M by 2022

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