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Why Make Bipedal Robots?

A friend and colleague of mine who studies robotics says that bipedal robots present much greater challenges for stability and locomotion than those with more legs. So why is there so much effort to ...
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What is torque bandwidth in actuated joints and how does it affect the control systems?

The rest of my student team and I are in the process of redesigning an exoskeleton and building it based on an existing one. From the papers that we have been reading there are some references to low, ...
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idea for web application in robotics [closed]

I am learning and I am interested robotics, but also I need to update my web development skills so the question is - is there any idea for good web application that could be connected with robotics - ...
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Verifying motor selection calculations

I'm trying to select a brushed DC motor for a project. I tried following the advice on sizing electric motors, mentioned in this question, but a few details were missing, and I'm unsure if I properly ...
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How to decide about the length of a robotic arm, the base of it and the torque?

I am designing a remote controlled robot which will have a base with three wheels, two of them will be simple wheels at the back of the base and the third will be a ball wheel at the front. It will ...
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How do I select the best configuration for a known workspace, load and task?

Given workspace constraints, load and task to be done, how do I select the best configuration of my robot? How do I select between a cartesian or Scara robot for instance? How do I select a ...
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Artificial Intelligence and Open source pipeline for automated design, simulation and analysis of robotics systems

I have heard about open source 3D printed robotics projects (https://www.poppy-project.org/en/ is somehow obsolete example). My question is - are there open source holistic/integrated frameworks of ...
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Choosing the right Mecanum wheel

I am part of my college robotics team which is preparing for Robocon 2017. We have used Mecanum wheels in last Robocon competition, but we have faced huge slip and vibration. I have looked for all ...
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How to make door opening to the top

I need to make this construction (door is closed by default, door is opened to the top). This is the scheme: Red rectangle on the picture is the aperture, blue rectangle is the door (weight is about ...
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Autodesk Inventor 2013: Rounding only at specific edge

I am using Autodesk Inventor 2013 and I need to round a component of a device. I want to round the green marked edges, but not the red marked. But when I click "round", then the bottom edge will ...
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LQR design with low effort

I am trying to implement a controller for an inverted pendulum using LQR (with MATLAB command lqr(A,B,Q,R)). The problem is that the motors are relatively weak, so I tried to increase R, but ...
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Equation to limit rate of change of end-effector in X and Y coordinates

Some vector math is involved here so prepare yourself. I am developing a robotic arm that moves in two dimensions. It is a rotary-rotary design which looks roughly like the picture in this post: ...
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Counterweight in arm designs

I wonder why most robotic arms use large J2 (shoulder) motors rather than counterweights. What sort of complexity do they add to the design beside increase in overall weight? In fact, rather than ...
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Path finding: A* vs Fast marching

Context: I am working on a 20 cm x 20 cm indoor robot on a 2D terrain and I need to decide on its path planning algorithm. Algorithms: A* and Fast marching are two popular (and fundamentally ...
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Challenges involved in designing an Industrial Robotic Arm [closed]

I was wondering if any robotics engineers around would kindly, provide suggestions on the following: I was recently hired by a company that wants to implement a robotic solution in manufacturing ...
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Automatic sliding window shutter

I want to build an automatic sliding window shutter and need help with part selection and dimensioning. Some assumptions: window width 1.4 m sliding shutter weight 25 kg max speed 0.07 m/s max ...
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Type of servo and torque calculation required for a 2axis robot arm

I am trying to build a 2-axis robot arm with pan and tilt mechanism. The gripper/holder will hold an object weighing 300 grams. The total weight of the arm including the motors will be around 2 kg. I ...
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Gears in Autodesk Inventor are looking weird

I use Autodesk inventor professional 2014. I design my gears using the design accelerator. However, whenever I create gear trains, parts of certain gears become transparent. This seems completely ...
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Most material efficient quadcopter frame

I haven't made or flown any quadcopter, but I am fascinated by them. But when looking at the frame of a lot of designs, after whachting this video I wondered why a lot the frames are in an X shape. ...
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Robot - Wall Avoiding (Plinko Robot)

I am looking to build a robot that will travel and zig-zag down the hallway.It will be headed towards a wall at roughly 45 degrees and then use a IR LED to detect when a wall is nearby. From there, ...
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What happened to Butler's car?

Having read the article "This Car Has Electric Brains" in Popular Mechanics, August 1958 I have some questions. How practical were his methods? Was his work acquired by a car manufacturer or some ...
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Aluminum vs Carbon Fiber

So building a quadrocopter from scratch HAS a lot of decision making, and I need some input on the material choice. I have short listed Aluminum and Carbon Fiber for the Arms and support of the ...
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Good book on mechanisms [closed]

I am working with students (9th & 10th grade) on robotics and wanted to get a good book which covers basic mechanisms. Does anyone have any recommendations. Searching Google or Amazon yields ...
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Stewart platform as robotic wrist joint

I'm planning the design of a wrist for a humanoid robot. I would like to choose a design that is sturdy while allowing for dexterity comparable to a human wrist. One option that was presented to me ...
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Block algebra and normal algebra inconsistent

I've been playing around with some block maths, mostly trying to remember how it actually works, and I've come to a simple example that should be reduced, however when doing the normal maths, compared ...
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Design in the robotics world [closed]

Apologies if this isn't really the right place to be asking, but I was wondering whether third party design firms are ever contracted to design industrial and or consumer robots? If not is it ...
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Dynamic simulation of compliant elements in quadruped robot

I have a preliminary design for a legged robot that uses compliant elements in the legs and in parallel with the motors for energy recovery during impact as well as a pair of flywheels on the front ...
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Robotic Arm Senior Capstone. Electronics/Controls/Sensors Questions

I am a mechanical engineering student currently working on my senior capstone. My team of all MechEs has to build a robotic "arm" where the arm is really just a link/bar of aluminum. The thing we ...
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Difference between form closure and force closure

What exactly is the difference between both the above terms? From some of the papers I realize that force closure depends on the frictional forces. Is it correct? Suppose I to grasp a cylindrical ...
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is designing a pcb with multiple controllers a good schematic design?

I am trying to design a bot, it has to measure the temp I am using an 8051 so the adc is taking up a lot of i/o pins so I am thinking of switching it out with a thermostat or put another controller ...
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3 way check valve

I am working on a micro dispensing system, using syringe pump. The design involves a syringe on top to be moved by stepper motor. There would be one liquid reservoir form which the syringe would pull ...
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How to distribute tension load on a three footed claw?

Good day! I am helping my little ones 6 and 7 to develop a robot that can pick up and stack cubes three high as well as gather blocks. They came up with the design that enables them to pick up ...
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PCB making at home [closed]

I've made many PCBs at home but still there are some mistakes. I tried ironing, drawing methods but it doesn't work very well. I use eagle CAD for design PCBs. Please help me.
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What type of mechanism is this?

Held and rotated by the knurled ends, one in each hand, the silver spokes rise and fall in order for the assembly to rotate. What is it, some companies' salesmen show tool? Found in an old building, ...
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How to convert 2D AutoCad drawing into CODE for CNC machine (laser cutter)?

I am a student of mechanical engineering, currently working on my 3rd-year project. I am designing a sheet-metal enclosure for a belt drive. We have a common laser cutter that could be used for my ...
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Square with hinge on all four sides

I want to make a component that will be a square plate that will behave like it has a motorized hinge on all four sides. That is, it can "open" by pivoting around any one of its four sides. I want it ...
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Proper robotic competitions for one university team (first step) [closed]

I am Bioengineering student at one Iranian middle-rank university and have a small business in building some easy medical devices (PCB and CAD designing with Programming and some market experiments). ...
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Increasing suction force

I'm trying to increase the suction force of the end effector in a pick and place system. Is it a good idea to add an extra vacuum pump and put it in parallel? AFAIK, having an extra pump in parallel ...
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Design of the baseplate of mobile robot

I need to construct a Mobile robots preferably circular type of diameter 30 cm, it will be carrying a payload of 5kg. What will be optimal thickness the baseplate considering the material as aluminium?...
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Autonomous vessel general design

I have been asking a couple of questions here and around on autonomous boats and finally I decided to post the design and gather some feedback. The idea is to build a small vessel capable of advanced ...
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How is a shear pad of remote compliance device formed?

I am researching on mechanical design of remote compliance devices (RCC)†. In the RCC, manufactured by ATI, they use shear pads for lateral compliance. They mention that shear pads are ...
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Mechanism to oscillate a human leg?

I'm working on creating a robotic device capable of oscillating an adult human leg using the knee as pivot, being able to constrain the amplitude of oscillation by controlling the mechanism with a ...
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Heavy omnidirectional platform suspension

I'm planning to build an omnidirectional platform that will support about 180kg robotic arm. The platform will be equipped in meccanum wheels. I would like to have some kind of suspension to avoid ...
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Sphero's logic, how does it work

I'm willing to make my first robot, and I'd like to make one similar to the Sphero. I know I have to add 2 motors in it, and make it work as a hamster ball, but I don't understand how I can make it ...
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What are the calculations for a badminton robot and mechanisms?

I am designing a badminton robot but i am very confused about mechanisms needed for a badminton robot and various calculations needed for millisecond response.I am also confused about calculations ...
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Permanent Magnet DC Motor Calcuations

I have to determine speed and torque suitable for my combat robot. I've done some calculations and I need to know whether they're right or not (because they don't seem to be right). Suppose I have ...
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Is this large bipedal robot real or realizable?

I saw this link today. This robot seems real, but redditors on a reddit thread argued that it might be CGI. It doesn't seem unfeasible to make such as robot IMO. There isn't anything out of the norm ...
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Create 2 CAD files

I found CAD files for the Create on the ROS TurleBot download page (.zip), and shells on the gazebo sim page. Any ideas where the files for the Create 2 could be found?
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What is the cheapest way to detect and identify vehicles entering a gate in real time?

I want to detect and identify each of the vehicles passing through a gate. I have the live video feed of the gate which I initially thought to process and detect the number plates with the help of ...
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Mechanical design for base of robotic arm [closed]

I am using DC motors to build a robotic arm. I want to make the base shoulder (which rotates and lifts) more stable and stronger. How should I design this using DC motors? Also I would like to put ...