About Us

CU SnakeArm is a research-oriented Cornell University team under the guidance of Prof. Francis C. Moon. The team was established in the year 2004 and has developed four generations of Robotic arms together with the Computer Science and Electronics systems supporting them. CUSnakeArm is funded by the College of Engineering, Cornell University.

We are now a fun loving team of 21 students from diverse streams such as Computer Science, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering, Economics, Biological Science and Business Management. Such diversity has allowed us to draw from a pool of eclectic ideas, a definitive must when designing such a novel and innovative concept.

Through engagement in the project, our team members have developed practical robotics skill sets such as programming/algorithm, CNC machining, and PCB design/testing. Some focus areas include, but are in no way limited to, applied control theory, input reactions, Artificial Intelligence, path planning, behavioral modeling and programming, and visual recognition.

Our Mission

This semester CU SnakeArm aims to design and fabricate a low-cost robotic arm that can print out any words the user wants to write. This will give the arm a precise printer-like function that can write letters in a distinct and uniform way. The endeavor is to construct an arm that will ultimately be able to write sentences with a fluid arm motion. The arm will implement codes, motors and specific materials that will output precise and efficient movements.



  • Promptness
  • Respect
  • Acceptance
  • Safety

  • Teamwork

  • Openness
  • Positive attitude
  • Accessibility

  • Academic Integrity

Latest News

CU Snakearm at BOOM 2009

We were well received at the BOOM with people appreciating our Robotic arm as well as our progress towards the ultimate goal of designing an arm capable of performing remote surgery.

Check out the pics of the event here.

CU Snakearm at BioExpo 2009

Our mission of producing an accurate, flexible and low-cost robotic arm able to perform remote surgery works towards solving a big humanitarian crisis by enabling the best medical support to reach the less developed parts of world. Our motto and progress were well appreciated by people from academia and the medical community.