Intuitive Robot Programming for Flexible Aerospace Manufacturing

Robots are proving to be flexible tools for aircraft manufacturing and assembly. Their full potential however can be limited by the challenges of programming a robot in a CAD/CAM environment. Software that integrates offline programming, simulation, code generation, and path optimization makes the process seamless and error-free.

Underactuated Rotor For Simple Micro Air Vehicles

From MODLAB (The modular robotics laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania):

We derive thrust, roll, and pitch authority from a single propeller and single motor through an underactuated mechanism embedded in the rotor itself. This allows new types of conventionally-capable micro air vehicles which only require two motors for practical control. This contrasts with the many servos and linkages of conventional helicopters or the many drive motors found in quadrotors... (cont'd)

Growing Demand for Güdel Robot Tracks and Gantry Robots Leads to Major Investment in US Manufacturing

Installation of the machining center is slated for the first quarter of 2015.

Anglo American Partners With Autonomous Solutions, Inc. to Develop Innovative Haulage Solutions

UK-based global mining major, Anglo American, partners with Autonomous Solutions, Inc. for a multi-year, autonomous haulage program.

Schunk - New Sizes for the WSG Series

The WSG series of servo-electric 2-Finger Parallel Grippers are versatile, sensitive and simple to use.

Robotic Farming For The Future

If you think about the global population growth and the need to feed this mounting population, farmers must become more efficient at the harvesting and production of all crops. In the future, robots will be utilized to accomplish most tasks, from seeding to fertilizing as well as chemical application.

Interview with David Sands, ST Robotics International

We call our robots entry level for a very good reason. People can get started so easily with our robots. They are not the best robot arms on the planet but they are affordable and incredibly easy to use.

Using Reverse Engineering Techniques for Product Innovation: The Legitimate Way

The goal of utilizing RE should be to identify flaws in your version of the product design and figuring out ways to eliminate the errors and bring out a flawless product eventually.

iRobot Announces Programmable Robot Platform for STEM to Inspire Next Generation of Robotic Leaders

Resources for educators, high school and college students include iRobot Create 2 programmable robot, 3D printable files and starter project instructions

FAA Grants Trimble Exemption to Operate Unmanned UX5 Aerial Imaging Solution

Trimble announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted an exemption that will allow the company to conduct commercial operation of its Trimble UX5 Aerial Imaging Solution in the U.S.

Oregon Company Approved By FAA For Commercial Drone Inspection Operations

FAA announces Oregon-based VDOS GLOBAL LLC as the nation's first approved provider of commercial unmanned aircraft for Oil & Gas Inspection Services

iRobot Create 2 Programmable Robot

From iRobot ($199 US):

Create 2 is a mobile robot platform built from remanufactured Roomba robots and designed for use by educators, developers and high-school and college-age students. Program or build your own projects or start with our sample projects provided online. Create 2 is ready to go, right out of the box, so there is no need to assemble the drive system or worry about low-level code. Other Create 2 features include:

  • Serial cable sends commands from a computer or other microcontroller to the robot
  • Preprogrammed behaviors can be controlled via Open Interface Commands
  • Built-in sensors allow the robot to react to its environment
  • Drill template on faceplate shows safe drilling areas. Removing the faceplate exposes the serial port.
  • Robot returns to Home Base to dock and recharge. Rechargeable battery charges in three hours.
  • Compatible with Roomba 600 Series accessories including batteries, Home Base®, remote control and Virtual Wall®

What are some of the things I can do with iRobot Create 2?

Program movements, sounds and the LED display, as well as read all of the robot's onboard sensors
Add an external computer or microcontroller with additional sensors and actuators to transform Create into exactly the robot you want. Add a camera to build your own camera bot! Use our 3D printable file to create a storage bin and ensure your additional electronics are safely housed within the robot's chassis... (details)

Universal Robot launches URCaps: The new "app store" for the UR robots

With URCaps, Universal Robots has created the equivalent of an app store for robots.

Sharp-Eyed Robot with Nimble Fingers Effectively Extracts Breast Fillets from Chickens

Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer.

Robot Swarm: Nation's Most Innovative Robotics Exhibit Opens at National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan

Visitors Able to Interact with Dozens of Robots, Gain Understanding of Mathematical Behaviors at One-of-a-Kind, Cutting-Edge Exhibit. Public Opening: Sunday, December 14, 2014

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igus® Robolink: Articulated joint modules for robots. Lightweight. Compact.

igus® Robolink: Articulated joint modules for robots. Lightweight. Compact.

Robolink: Articulated joint modules for robots. igus® now offers a lightweight, maintenance- and corrosion-free range of robot joints for humanoid systems or other automated applications. The carbon-fiber plastic joints can rotate and oscillate freely via four wire ropes. No more expensive milling, cutting or DIY systems. Moving mass is reduced to a minimum. The actuators (engines, pneumatics and hydraulics) and the control module (DP, PC) are kept separate. Contact igus® for more information and free samples.