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How do robotics startups work?

In software engineering startups, you generally go to a room with a computer or bring your own laptop, and write code. I'm interested in how robotics startups work: Is there a separate location for ...
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How can I build a 10cm-200cm IR range sensor?

Everybody here is probably aware of the Sharp distance sensors (GP2Y0 series, e.g. GP2Y0A02YK0F). They use a diode to emit infrared light and measure the angle of the reflected light with a PSD (i.e. ...
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Is it practical to 3D print a refractive lens?

A lot of awesome optics projects like hacking cameras and projectors become possible with CAD lens modelling software1, if we can also easily prototype the lenses we design. What are some materials ...
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How to get manufactured part from CAD file?

I am working through the book Learning Robotics using Python, which is for Python programmers who want to learn some robotics. Chapter 2 shows you how to use LibreCAD to design the plates and poles ...
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How to measure and dispense a finite amount of powder or liquid

I've been watching too much How It's Made, and I've been wondering how they build devices that spray/inject/dispense a finite amount of liquid (to within some amount of error). I wanted to try this ...
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Robotic arm chassis

I've been curious about how the plastic chassises of the robotic arms in robotic competitions are manufactured. For instance, the following arms clearly have 10-20 plastic parts each, if not more: ...
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Acrylic/plastic cutting services [closed]

I want to cut acrylic pieces that will be assembled into the body of a robot. What are some recommendations for acrylic/plastic cutting services? Does laser cutting produce the best results?
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Are the any self reproducing robots? [closed]

Is there a possibility of making robots which utilise raw materials to create more versions of themselves? Clarifying the point what I would like to ask is that whether there are are any projects or ...
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Robotic cell simulation software, PLC [closed]

I need to simulate robotic cell where cartesian robot trims a PCB arriving on conveyor, picks it up with vacuum cup and and places in another device. After receiving signal from device the robot would ...
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What is the actual application for manufactuing, with robot arm autonomous object classification system

I’m a graduate student, and we're doing a project that is going to introduce a robot arm into manufacturing. Our goal is to build up an autonomous object classification system. We already have the ...
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How can i make a compact soft robot

I want to make a compact (actuators motors and sensors are all in one) soft robot. Actuators can be pneumatic or dielectric. I need suggestions about manufacturating. I'm open to new ideas.
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Is a printer a robot? [closed]

While formulating an answer to this question let us consider the parts and the function of the printer during its basic process. We tell the printer what we want it to do, "print this". The printer ...
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First CNC router, where should my zero position be?

I have homing switches and I'm unsure if my zero should be right after they are done homing or if the zero is supposed to be the center of my build volume?
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What knowledge should I have if I want to establish a robotics company? [closed]

I know, robotics may refer to many things and it's extremely large field today. But if I can narrow the topic to something like Aldebaran(the company makes Nao robots), what knowledge should I have as ...
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Why production lines are so huge and power hungry?

I'm thinking of starting my adventure in area of professional manufacturing. When I started to look onto machines I figured out that they are build somehow like in the 70s: huge footprint, big 3kW ...
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What capabilities of industrial robots should be improved to use them for the manufacturing of the telescopic conveyors?

New manufacturing facility of telescopic conveyors has been established one Eastern country of European Union. The managers of the facility are very proud that human workforce is their main asset - ...
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How to build big robots(Material/Method)?

I am interested to know, if I want to build middle/big size robots(50*50*150 cm^3), which material and which method is better to use? I mean, when I want to build a robot with this size(20*20*20) I ...
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Finding the manufacturer for a sensor

We're building a smart camera and one of our competitors is using a depth sensor we're interested in using. If we open up the product, is it common to be able to see manufacturer information for ...
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Build (Assembly kits?) the frame of a robot [closed]

I am fairly knowledgeable about robotics programming, and stuff like that; but, I am a total ignorant about how to actually "build" a robot. My question is: What materials do you recommend to build ...
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Use of universal humanoid robots for lean and agile manufacturing and services? [closed]

How robot industry perceives the idea about the use of universal humanoid robots for the agile, rapidly reconfigurable manufacturing and services? Are there examples of such use? E.g. are there ...
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Any books or web resources for robotics mechanical design? [closed]

I plan to build a mechanism with multiple axis, which is similar to a robot. To start, I need to define some specifications such as repeatable precision, speed, acceleration, and payload. Then the ...