This thesis looks at the process of development of a robotic arm in an academic environment, highlighting the possibilities and challenges that students will face in carrying out this process. The Robotics and Intelligent Systems research group in the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo aims to give students more experience in developing and prototyping robotic systems and exploring the opportunities with the use of the tools and methods available at the laboratory. Previous works focusing on the methods and tools used fordeveloping manipulators and other robotic systems are studied to identify the possibilities. The process illuminates several aspects of the design and prototyping of a manipulator with the use of CAD software, 3D printer, and implementation of a program for the control unit. Inspired by industrial manipulators, prototypes are developed with the implementation of a management system for position control of the joints. Tests of position accuracy are provided for measuring the possible error in the requested position of the joints developed through the thesis. As a result of the development process with related working prototypes, further work topics for courses at the department and objectives for future masters’ theses are identified.