I met some new industrial robots in the flesh at ATX West (Automation Technology Expo).  Nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but the speed and dexterity of the latest generation is remarkable (many were too fast for my phone's camera frame rate). There were a ton of these 4 and 6-axis delta robots (ones with 3 skinny steel arms). Also saw the very cool Festo adaptive gripper (first clip holding Cadbury egg) and some giant 3D printers.  Like a kid in a candy store.

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Comment by Martin Szymanski on February 15, 2012 at 8:55pm
The first part is showing the end effector at a central tool point while all the axi'es coordinate to its point if calibrated right. If the base (mounting of robot) moves the frame moves and the tracking as well such as the points have to be retrained. Robots 101.
Comment by Russkel on February 16, 2012 at 4:34am

How much :)? $$$

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 16, 2012 at 7:45am

That's awesome.

Reminds me a few months ago I was at a manufacturing expo, and they had all of these state of the art CNC machine tools set up.  That was really impressive as well.  The most fascinating was actually the automatic punchpress.

Comment by Shannon Morrisey on February 16, 2012 at 6:08pm

Kamu, new industrial bots are anywhere from tens to hundreds of thousand USD, an easy decision for many companies with high manufacturing labor costs.  If you want a robotic arm for your desk, I like this one and this one.  They are both somewhat hackable. Here is code for usb control.

Comment by Russkel on February 17, 2012 at 11:00pm

Ha thanks Shannon.

Ah I wish I could have one of the industrial ones to play around with. Wonder how cheap a 2nd hand one can be had for...


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