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Changing Home On A Dobot Magician

Question:

The Home position on my dobot Magician makes the robot hit the table. Is there an easy way to change what the robot calls the home position?

Answer:

Of course you can! Here is how. Go to Teach and Playback and physically move the Dobot Magician arm where you want the new home position to be. Then hit the “+point” button for the position to populate into the interface. The right click on your position and click “setHOME”. This new position will now be the home position of the robot

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Dipping with the Dobot Magician

Pick and place and moving things around are staples of industrial robots.  Another reason to use robots in industry and automation is because of danger to humans. Robots can work in environments that are adverse to humans; especially toxic and/or adverse environments.

Sometimes the best way to pick up an object is with a suction cup or vacuum gripper.  This works especially well with very small objects as well as large, and provides a cheaper alternative to a mechanical gripper.

In this activity, you will perform a chemical dipping operation with a robot arm using the air pump kit and a vacuum gripper.
  • Go home
  • Pick up the cylinder from the pallet
  • Dip it in Tank 1 for 2 seconds
  • Move the object and dip it in Tank 2 for 2 seconds
  • Move the object and dip it in Tank 3 for 2 seconds
  • Move the part back to the pallet.
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Will Robots be stealing our jobs?

Well, It depends on who and when you ask. A better question is: “What’s your job?” That makes it easier to tell because robots are much better at boring, monotonous, and dangerous tasks that humans don’t want, or shouldn’t be doing in the first place. But then along comes AI, or Artificial Intelligence, and now robots may really be able to think soon. Is your job safe? Read the articles below and form your own opinion.

Compiled below are a few articles to help you form your own opinion. Click on the pictures below to read the article.

From NBC News:

Will robots take your job? Humans ignore the coming AI revolution at their peril.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/will-robots-take-your-job-humans-ignore-coming-ai-revolution-ncna845366

World Economic Forum

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/07/robots-have-been-taking-our-jobs-for-50-years-so-why-are-we-worried-now/

Robots have been taking our jobs for 50 years, so why are we worried now?

A worker (L) stands inside a 777 fuselage as a machine works on the outside at the Fuselage Automated Upright Build (FAUB) and mid bodies area at Boeing's production facility in Everett, Washington, U.S. June 1, 2017. Picture taken June 1, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Redmond - RTX39LDG

Forbes Magazine:

Stop Talking About How Robots Will Steal Our Jobs

https://www.forbes.com/sites/madhvimavadiya/2017/07/31/robots-steal-finance-jobs/#5ffb49787530

Mashable:

Yes, robots are coming to your workplace—but they’re not going to steal your job

https://mashable.com/2017/10/26/will-robots-take-steal-your-job-automation/#bON5b3eBYuqD  

World Economic Forum:

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/07/how-long-before-a-robot-takes-your-job-here-s-when-ai-experts-think-it-will-happen/

This is when a robot is going to take your job, according to Oxford University

  The humanoid robot AILA (artificial intelligence lightweight android) operates a switchboard during a demonstration by the German research centre for artificial intelligence at the CeBit computer fair in Hanover March, 5, 2013. The biggest fair of its kind open its doors to the public on March 5 and will run till March 9, 2013.  REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR3ELOF Continue Reading

Tutorial:Types of Robots & End Effectors

Special thanks to ExploreGate for their series of two minute videos on robot types and gripper types. See their whole channel here.

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Robots vs. Humans: Are Robots Killing Tesla?

Robots vs. Humans; an age old dilemma in mfg. Are you taking CIM? Where do you stand? The robot in this photo is very similar to the one we have in class. The robots are killing Tesla.

In a rare win for humans over robots in the battle for labor efficiency, Wall Street analysts have laid down a compelling argument that over-automation is to blame for problems at the billionaire Elon Musk’s electric-car company.

That is to say, the very innovation and competitive advantage that Musk says he’s bringing to the car industry — his nearly fully automated plant in Fremont, California — is the reason Tesla is unable to scale quickly.

The robots are killing Tesla. Click the link here to read the full article: http://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-robots-are-killing-it-2018-3 via   Continue Reading

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