This doesn't have anything to do with UAVs, but I did use some of what we learned with ArduPilot in this fun robotic project, which I thought I would share with you all.

My daughter has a history project to do on the Ford Model T and the origins of the production line. Given that she and I had just been to the new Tesla factory, with its fully robot-driven production process, we though we could do a fun "then and now" comparison of car production lines in 1911 and 2011.

First step: create a working model of the Tesla production line robots. We took a cheap OWI remote control robot arm kit and hacked it for Arduino control, with full closed-loop feedback and scriptable paths, just like the real Kuka arms in the Tesla factory.

It was easy and worked great, so I've created an Instructibles tutorial so others can try it for themselves.

 

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Comment by Alan Sanchez on October 30, 2011 at 4:34pm

Looks great Chris, fun project. I did something similar when I was in school (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taxkiUXAs18). Excuse the yelling at the end, it was the first time it went through the whole process and it was about 4am. Basically the first turntable had to read where caps had been placed, while the second table read where springs were placed on it. Transfer the caps to the springs, and press and hold all of them at the end.

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