PhantomX Robot Turret Assembly Guide

For AX-12A and AX18 DYNAMIXEL servos. This assembly guide is for the PhantomX Robot Turret with ArbotiX M. Click here for the Assmebly Guide with the Original ArbotiX
PhantomX Robot Turret Assembly Guide
for AX-12 & AX-18 Dynamixel Servos

Tools Needed

  • 1.5mm Hex Wrench
  • 2.5mm Hex Wrench
  • Small Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • Small Flat Head Screw Driver

Parts List
Note: Some of the parts in some assemblies come packaged in seperate smaller bags because they come with a bracket or other various part. Please review the entire parts list to ensure you have all necessary components. Some kits will have spare bolts, nuts, or screws included.

1 X 2 X 1 X
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1 X 1 X 1 X
230-180-F3-bracket.jpg 230-180-FTDI-cable.jpg 230-180-turbo-lock.jpg
1 X 1 X 1 X
230-180-12V2APS.jpg phantomx-robot-turret-base-plate.jpg phantomx-robot-turret-top-plate.jpg
1 X
phantomx-optional-mounting-plate.jpg 230-180-blank.jpg 230-180-blank.jpg

1 X 4 X 12 X 1 X
female-pigtail-lead.jpg hex-socket-head-m3-4.jpg hex-socket-head-m3-8.jpg hex-socket-head-m3-10.jpg
4 X 4 X 4 X 2 X
hex-standoff-ff-m3-30mm.jpg hex-standoff-mf-m3-15mm.jpg hex-standoff-ff-m3-10mm.jpg dynamixel-cable-3-pin-200mm.jpg
1 X 18 X 12 X 14 X
ax-hub-assembly.jpg steel-nut-m2.jpg hex-socket-head-m2-6.jpg hex-socket-head-m2-8.jpg
5 X 1 X  
rubber-foot.jpg part-zip-tie-small.jpg  

Build the bottom base
Img3524_320.jpg Attach the rubber feet as shown or as desired onto the legs of the "X" shaped bottom base.

5 x  
arbotix-with-small-standoffs.jpg Attach the four M3 x 10standoffs to the arbotiX as shown using four M3 x 4 socket head bolts.

4 x 4 x
hex-socket-head-m3-4.jpg hex-standoff-ff-m3-10mm.jpg
Img3528_320.jpg Attach the arbotiX to the base as shown using four M3 x 8 socket head bolts.

Orientate the arbotiX so that the power terminal blocks are next to the cable tie slots.

4 x
Img3533_320.jpg Screw the Female Pigtail Lead into the power terminal blocks. Make sure the red wire is on the right (positive).
1 x

ASSEMBLY TIPS: Using Turbo Lock

ASSEMBLY TIPS: Seating the Nuts into the Nut Sockets

Identifying your Tilt & Pan Servos
Img3466_320.jpg Your servos are labeled with servo IDs. Be sure to not reverse the servos during assembly. The servos come preprogrammed with IDs to identify to the controller which one is Pan and which one is Tilt.

Pan = ID 1
Tilt = ID 2

Build the Top Section
Img3460_320.jpg Push ten M2 nuts into the nut seats on the servo with ID 1.

10 x Push nut in with phillips tip
steel-nut-m2.jpg protip-nut-in-servo-160.jpg
Img3471_320.jpg Bolt the servo down using 10 M2x8mm Socket Head Bolts.

10 x  
Img3468_320.jpg Underside View.

align-servo-horn.jpg Make sure the servo horn is positioned properly by making sure the grooves on the horn and body are lined up.

Img3475_320.jpg Attach the F3 bracket as shown.

4 x  
nuts-on-bottom-tilt-servo.jpg Push four M2 Steel Nuts into the nut seats on the bottom of the Tilt servo as shown.

4 x Push nut in with phillips tip
steel-nut-m2.jpg protip-nut-in-servo-160.jpg
Img3476_320.jpg Mount the Tilt servo to the F3 bracket using four M2 x 6mm Hex Socket Head bolts as shown. (Make sure the servo faces right like in the picture.)

4 x  
Img3579_320.jpg Attach the F2 Bracket. Start with the AX Hub Assembly side first as shown.

1 x Assemble as shown
ax-hub-assembly-TR.jpg ax-hub-assembly-exploded-M3-200.jpg
Img3568_320.jpg Next bolt on the other side with 4 M2 x 6mm Bolts.

4 x  
Img3493_320.jpg Run your servo cables as shown.

2 x  

Assemble top and bottom together
screw-standoffs-together.jpg Screw the M/F M3 x 15 standoff into the F/F M3 x 30 standoff. Tighten them snugly by rotating about a quarter turn past when the faces touch.

4 x 4 x
hex-standoff-ff-m3-30mm.jpg hex-standoff-mf-m3-15mm.jpg
Img3501_320.jpg Mount the Top Plate onto the Base Plate using the Standoff Assemblies.

8 x
Img3508_320.jpg Plug in the servo cable and FTDI cable as shown. Make sure the black wire on the FTDI cable is on the right like in the picture.

Img3510_320.jpg Zip tie down the cables to the Base Plate.

1 x
Img3488_320.jpg The kit comes with an optional mounting plate for those that need one in their project solutions.

4 x 4 x
steel-nut-m2.jpg hex-socket-head-m2-8.jpg