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I work at a robotics startup. To sum up my long answer below, robotics startups are slower, more expensive, and often more distributed in location than their more famous software counterparts. Robotics or hardware startups do have a lab for design. It holds owned or rented equipment: 3D printers, machine shop lathes and drills, soldering stations and ...


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I can share my experience at a startup where we built what was essentially special purpose robots. I'm sure there's a wide spectrum though. A lot depends on the complexity of your robot or machine and the target market for it. Is it something that will be manufactured in 10's of units and sold for millions a dollar a piece or something that will be ...


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I interpret your question to read, that you want to directly manufacture the lens through an additive process. My experience with this recently is that it basically isn't possible (practically anyway). Even injection molding lenses of good quality is quite an art. There is a reason that optical-quality glass lenses are so expensive. More specifically, we ...


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I think this is a great question. The two basic options are make it yourself or have someone else make it. EDIT: check the bottom for a third option... Make it yourself To make it yourself you need to choose a material and manufacturing process for the part, then acquire the material and skills needed. (Usually people select a process they know how to do ...


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The location of the homing position does not make any theoretical difference, you can zero (or set to any constant value) your axis positions at any desired position. From a pracitcal point of view, you can consider the following aspects: switches might get in the way of chips, switches might be damaged or the other way around, switches might get in the ...


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Older manufacturing robots where definitely larger than those available today. One of the biggest things you'll notice when you compare robots from today and years ago is the size of the control box! Just like computers have shrank over the years, robot controller have shrank drastically, even to the point that some manufacturing robots don't have a seperate ...


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You need enough domain knowledge to be able to tell if someone is bullshitting you or not, to be able to determine when someone has an achievable or unachievable project idea, to be able to determine who has talent and who doesn't, etc. And money. A lot of money. Quality engineers don't work for free.


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Flow-rate meters based on measuring Coriolis-force reactions are widely used in process control systems. The measurement principles are mentioned or illustrated at numerous web sites, including youtube video e2NGvrkmP8Y, Back to Basics: Flow Measurement (Corilolis) (via oscillating-tube phase changes) and Schenck Americas' Solids Flow Meters page, Coriolis ...


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You seem to have described something similar to the UR-5 from universal robotics. Here are a couple of videos worth watching to give an idea of how they are used: A Company Called OTV Plastic Brief glimpse of a couple dozen applications There's plenty more videos out there too (including BMW's factories where they use the UR-5), but I just joined this ...


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Just signed up to answer the question! I have always found I get the best results laser cutting when using acrylic, would highly recommend it. Have made robots from some solid 6mm accrylic before. It looks nice, it's strong, pretty light, quick to cut, and it's easy to make more robots later! I would also recommend using acrylic glue to hold the body ...


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I think dielectric mechanism like piezo are suitable for compact designs. These might be usefull http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piezoelectric_motor https://www.google.com/patents/US4812698


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So much to unpack. Let's make sure we understand each other. You said " today we have so much work about reconfigurable and adaptable manufacturing". My understanding is that you are talking about something like a baxter robot. it is easy to place the robot in a new location, and to teach it a new task. Basically a robot that is easily "...


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This depends on the machine specifically and the software that is being used to drive it, as well as the work placement and holding for the particular cut. Remember, there are typically two different zeros, a machine zero and a work area zero. Typically the tool moves to machine zero before travelling to the work area zero and beginning the paths. This means ...


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To create a company of any kind you need both business skills and interpersonal skills. The main domain knowledge should come from your CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and your engineers. Your main job will be to secure funding for the company. If the company is small enough that you are the CTO also, then you need to be able to impress the engineers. You ...


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If having a company is more important to you than working in robotics for someone else, business skills and people skills are more important than technical skills. Being successful requires experience, acquired over a lot of time with a lot of learning opportunities (failure). It also requires a good network of people you can draw on for knowledge, ...


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Warning: I know nothing about depth sensors in cameras. With that caveat out of the way, it really depends on who your "competition" is. I know that designing and building systems takes way more effort than you (unless you did the work) can imagine. Having said that, if your competitor has a massive research and development department, and they do massive ...


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From what I understand, your question is purely about how to manufacture a robot that looks like it when you have the know-how for programming it and stuff. Manufacturing such robots as in your picture uses mostly polymers(fancy name for plastics). They are created using injection moulding machines and other similar processes. For the aluminium/metal parts, ...


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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 am assuming you don't want to go the way of designing a robot using a CAD software followed by tons of machining to bring all the custom parts to life. If you are looking to build a robot using off-the-shelf materials, I ...


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I mentor several FTC (First Tech Challenge) Robotics Teams. These teams build medium size robots (about 50cm cube starting size). For this size, there are four Building Systems that are the most common Tetrix Matrix Actobotics 8020 Extrusions (There are lots of other suppliers too) These solutions are all very flexible allow a large about of options on ...


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There is the problem, that human-like robots are not yet able to move as reliably as humans. Not far ago was there content for robots to get out of car, walk to doors, open the handle and walk inside - a lot of participants failed miserably at such "simple" work. There is so much possibilities for movements, lot of inertia, not well defined ground and not ...


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You could look at three books. A Mathematical Introduction to Robotic Manipulation - S.Sastry, X.Li and R.Murray provides a theoretical foundation to the kinematics, dynamics and control aspects of robotic manipulators. The only downside to this book is that it lacks in algorithmic content like that available in Probabilistic Robotics - Sebastian Thrun ...


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It sounds like you have a solution in search of a problem... Autonomy, online path planning, and general object classification have been slow (if at all) to be used in manufacturing. The reason is because in manufacturing you know exactly which parts are coming down the line, where they will be and when. You also have almost complete control over the ...


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The range of the sensor is not the only characteristic you need to be concerned about. Where are you planning to use the sensor? With what kind of reflective surfaces? Indoor? Outdoor? Both? Against natural surfaces or sharp highly reflective like glass? What shape of detected surface are you interested in - some return conical areas ahead. You could ...


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There are a variety of IR proximity sensors that you can buy. You could also adapt this technique using a Panasonic IR sensor with an Arduino, and use successive approximation -- adjusting the IR LED resistance -- to make a guess at the range.


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One thing to watch out for is that many of the additive or extrusion-based 3D printers will leave small gaps between the beads of plastic that they lay down. Even if you polish the surface, the interior will be very poor optically. You may want to look at Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) to create a finished product that is more uniformly solid.


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3D printing a refractive lens is possible using "printoptical technology" by LUXeXceL. It was developed for making perfectly smooth surfaces. With this technology there is no need for post-processing (grinding, polishing / coloring, etc.).


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