end effector


variants or end-effector
plural end effectors or end-effectors
: any of various tools that can be mounted at the end of a robotic arm and that are used to interact with or manipulate objects
Performance data on robots, Lau says, usually describe a device's ability to place its end effector at a given point and do so repeatedly at very low speeds.K. M. Reese

Examples of end effector in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The arms are padded, and the end effectors have mittens on them. IEEE Spectrum, 31 Mar. 2022 The Free Gait interface defines a whole-body abstraction layer to accommodate a variety of task-space control commands such as end effector, joint, and base motions. Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 14 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of end effector was in 1968

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“End effector.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20effector. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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