Category: Robots

3D printing furniture with a robot

3D printing furniture with a robot

| June 23, 2014

The French company Drawn is 3D printing large and small furniture items with an industrial robot.  This process allows them to create custom pieces for their clients very easily.  Click the link below for and overview video.  Click the company’s link above for an interesting 3D printing point of view 🙂 3D Printing Furniture With […]

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Small in stature but huge in flexibility – Fanuc LR Mate Robots

Small in stature but huge in flexibility – Fanuc LR Mate Robots

| June 3, 2014

I see it all to often,  Custom machines built to do only 1 thing.  Though they have their place, that “place” is shrinking on a daily basis.  Today, robots offer the flexibility to retool at will, at a much lower cost that scrapping an entire custom machine.  This work cell uses a Fanuc LR Mate […]

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Don’t know how to program a robot?….

Don’t know how to program a robot?….

| June 2, 2014

I’m willing to bet that you could program this Kuka robot. You’ll see just how easy it is in this video.  All you have to do is lead it to the desired waypoints and task target.  Then it will repeat. Kuka – Teaching By Demonstration

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So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

| May 23, 2014

Well this might help. This is RPLIDAR.  It’s a sub $400 LIDAR (Light Radar) unit that can allow your bot, AVG, quadcopter etc to “see”.  It uses laser light to map it’s surroundings.  This is one of the best ways to equip autonomous vehicles to they can navigate a changing environment.  LIDAR is also used […]

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Haas and Kuka – A versatile and powerful automated manufacturing solution

Haas and Kuka – A versatile and powerful automated manufacturing solution

| April 22, 2014

This video shows a great marriage of technologies with a Haas VF8 vertical machining center (VMC) and a Kuka robot.  The robot changes preloaded pallets from a holding and staging cell and places them in the VMC.  This not only allows for lights out manufacturing but it also increases the variety of  parts that can be produced.  Use of the robot […]

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Festo creates a BionicKangaroo

Festo creates a BionicKangaroo

| April 21, 2014

Festo is known for their pneumatics used in automation around the world.  I featured a new pneumatic conveyor system on the blog several weeks ago HERE.  Well, they’re at it again.  This time with the BionicKangaroo.  It mimics a real kangaroo’s kinematics.  The design and execution is brilliant.  Festo continues to think outside the box.  It’ll […]

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Kuka omniMove Universal Transport Vehicle

Kuka omniMove Universal Transport Vehicle

| April 11, 2014

I could watch this all day.  Kuka Robotics has a very awesome heavy mover.  It’s omni-directional as it’s name suggest. It looks to move effortlessly and can be joined with other units to increase it’s moving capability.  It can also raise and lower the load. Hit the link for the video. Kuka omniMove Universal Transport […]

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Holy hot cakes Batman! This robot is fast!

Holy hot cakes Batman! This robot is fast!

| March 31, 2014

This Flexpicker robot from ABB Robotics is picking and placing pancakes at a rate of 450 a minute.  The page says it’s hypnotizing .  Works for me.  Check out the link to see if you get hypnotized. ABB Flexpicker is moving some serious pancakes  

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Watch how this Fanuc robot takes care of business

Watch how this Fanuc robot takes care of business

| March 14, 2014

I’ve seen lots of robots and lots of crazy grippers and end of arm tooling but this is a first.  Take a look at how this Fanuc robot handles a complete pallet layer of empty motor oil bottles.  Very cool indeed. Full layer robotic palletizing

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Even the trees aren’t safe from Skynet!

Even the trees aren’t safe from Skynet!

| March 7, 2014

This is a prototype tree pruning robot.  It scales (relatively straight) trees and wields a small chainsaw to remove the branches.  It can steer and adjust the saw angle to compensate for irregularities in the tree.    Be sure to check out the video, if for no other reason than the awesome music 😉 Tree […]

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