Rethink Robotics provides smart, collaborative robots adapt to real-world variability, are agile enough to change applications quickly, and perform tasks like people do. They’re the perfect fit for many of the 90% of manufacturing tasks that can’t be practically automated today.

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With no safety cages, complex programming or costly integration required, not to mention a game-changing $25,000 price point, the world’s first interactive production robot is raising eyebrows (and bottom lines) in plants of all sizes. Powered by the Intera platform, Baxter is a technology that improves itself over time.

Rethink Robotics Baxter Robot

Baxter offers six fundamental differences that distinguish it from traditional industrial robots.


No Programming

Line workers can train Baxter in minutes, with no expertise in software, robotics or engineering required. In addition, Baxter retains tasks quickly for fast line changeovers.

No Safety Cages

Baxter was designed with a comprehensive safety system which makes it feasible for working without barriers and in close proximity to people in a production environment.

Streamlined Integration

Baxter is a complete system (hardware, software, controls, user interface, safety, sensors) that can be taken out of the box, plugged into a standard outlet, trained and working in under an hour.

Works Intelligently

Baxter is designed and programmed to perform a wide range of manufacturing and production tasks: it is aware of its environment, and automatically adjusts to changes.

Versatile and Capable

Baxter was designed to perform simple, repetitive tasks quickly and efficiently, freeing people to focus on higher-level, more value-added activities.

Extensible Platform

Baxter is a complete, yet fully extensible platform which includes all necessary software, with updates provided regularly to enhance capabilities and performance. The Software Development Kit (SDK) will enable custom programming of specialized and proprietary tasks.

Baxter Out of The Box

Baxter has features never seen before in the Robotics Industry

  • No Seperate Controller or Pendant
  • Quick Intiial Setup
  • 3 Embedded Cameras
  • Supply Voltage: 120 Volts AC
  • No "Dead Man Switch"
  • Human Collision Detection
  • 360° Human Sonar Detection

Baxter Learns!

Baxter can be quickly moved and reassigned. It is designed to work side by side with people giving them the ability to do more technical jobs, improving productivity.

Baxter does not take breaks, get sick, or require lunch. Working for approximately $5 per hour, Baxter does not stop sleep and can work continuously over multiple shifts.

Baxter Specifications

Baxter's specifications are designed from the ground up to simply and seamlessly fit within the work envolope.


  • Supply Voltage: 120 VAC
  • Rated Current: 6 Amps


  • Production Classification: IP50
  • Operating Temperature Range: 32-104°F (0-40°C)


  • Robot Height: 3’1” without optional pedestal
  • Robot Height with Pedestal: 5’10” – 6’3” (adjustable)
  • Arm Length to End Effector Plate: 41”
  • Torso Mounting Plate Diameter: 13.3” (for mounting on table)
  • Body Weight, Without Pedestal: 165 lbs.
  • Body Weight, With Pedestal: 306 lbs.
  • Degrees of Freedom: 14 (7 per arm)
  • Pedestal Footprint: 36”x32”

Baxter Videos

A New Kind of Robot

Research Testimonial

Rodney Brooks sits down to discuss the origins, technology, and future of Baxter as well as the future of Rethink Robotics.

Baxter Timelapse

Research Testimonial

A time lapse video Rethink Robotics Baxter working in an application at The Rodon Group in Hatfield PA.

Customer Testimonial

Research Testimonial

Onexia's customer, The Rodon Group, a plastic injection molder, has added a Baxter robot to their factory floor in Hatfield, PA

Baxter Research Robot

Just as the flagship robot Baxter is revolutionizing the manufacturing world with a safe, affordable and easy to use automation solution, the Baxter Research Robot is revolutionizing how labs of all sizes are able to leverage cutting edge technology to develop their own great innovations.

Baxter Research Robot is a $25,000 (USD) humanoid robot platform with two 7-axis arms, integrated cameras, sonar, torque sensors, and direct programming access via a standard ROS interface. It is entirely safe to operate around humans without safety cages, making it the perfect companion for late nights in the lab.

Video Testimonial - Cornell University

Research Testimonial

At Cornell University, a research group of students to program and develop algorithms for robots, in order to teach the robots new directives.

Catalog Request
Rethink Catalog

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"Cobot" Applications

Machine Tending

Loading/unloading machines, coordinating with varied cycle times, supporting finishing operations, and machine interaction jobs.


Packing cases, packaging parts and materials, and stacking layers for many different types of products and containers.

PCB Handling and ICT

Tending circuit board testers, and moving and manipulating delicate components throughout the process.


Packing multiple components into specific configurations, fulfilling orders, and prepping packages for display or shipping.

Material Handling

Moving raw materials, individual parts and finished assemblies to and from destinations, supporting inspections and barcode scans.

Loading & Unloading

Moving parts to and from tables, cases, conveyors, fixtures and more, maintaining counts and re-orienting parts.

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Catalogs & Videos

Baxter Datasheet

Sawyer Datasheet

Safety & Regulatory Compliance Overview