DobotStudio: The Basics

Question:

How do I get started with DobotStudio? There really isn’t much info out there yet on how to use my Dobot Magician Robotic Arm.

Solution:

Well, first off, here’s just the tip of the iceberg…. more to be added as I figure stuff out. This robot can be taught and record points quickly and easily, and is also the most accurate and affordable educational robot on the market. Here is a start to some basic ways to get going with a really incredible software/hardware combo that is DobotStudio/Dobot Magician. See the tutorials below… Most of them not much over one or two minutes… Use Control + F to find what your looking for!

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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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How do I use a switch as an input for the Dobot Magician?

Question:

How do I use a switch as an input for the Dobot Magician?

Answer:

CAUTION: NEVER PLUG IN OR UNPLUG WIRES FROM THE DOBOT WHILE IT IS POWERED ON! Always turn off the dobot first, and use the input output manual to plug into the correct port!

 Wire it like this:

Wire the VEX switch using a servo extension cable. Always wire black to black. Use pins GP5.2 and GP5.4 as shown in the diagram above.

Then in the software, trigger it like this:

  1. Be sure that you are in “Pro” mode by selecting it in the top middle of the Teaching and Playback mode.
  2. Set IO_5 to be equal to one on the right side of the screen.
  3. In this example above, the robot will go to it’s “Home” position and wait to be triggered by the switch in Line two.
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Dobot to Dobot Handshake!

We did it! We made a dobot magician talk to another one and make it start. We even added a VEX switch as an input to start the first one. It is easy to do, but one word of caution:

Never connect or disconnect any wires to the dobot while it is powered on; always power it down first. Damage may result!

Ok, now on to the good stuff. If you bought your dobot through InPosition HERE, not only did you get a $100 discount, you get access to the documentation to make this happen for free! just email us! This includes worksheets and wiring diagrams.

Tony Koppers, my senior EDD student has done all of the legwork to make this happen, so special thanks to him!

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How do I get a $100 discount and free shipping on a Dobot Magician?

Great question! Luckily the answer is, as always, “It’s easy!”

I just purchased eight of them for my CIM class after testing them for the better part of the last six months. I feel that they are so much more accurate and durable than anything else I have used in my classroom to date. Any questions please contact me. Also see the videos I have made about the accuracy here, and about how I used it here.

Just go to www.dobot.us to purchase your robot from In-Position Technologies; a real robotics company that designs, sells, and services manufacturing systems for industry. They are the only US based provider for  service and support for the Dobot line of robots. If your district is paying on line, be sure they type in the code: chrisandjimcim to get a $100.00 discount and free shipping.

If your district is using a purchase order, be sure to use this address and phone number to get the same discount. Just put the code chrisandjimcim on the purchase order. The address to use is:

Dobot.US c/o Christian Hunter

7403 West Boston Street

Chandler AZ 85226

Phone: 480.893.8086

The advantages to buying it here using the code chrisandjimcim:
  • $100.00 off.
  • Free Shipping.
  • US warranty work is done here in the United States.
  • They sell spare parts and accessories that are shipped from right here too.
  • US based email and telephone support.
  • Updated User’s manual.
  • Software is FREE. No Codes. Download HERE
  • Comes Pre-assembled.
  • Access to Word Doc Activity files as they become available
  • Access to the 3D print and laser cut accessory files as seen in the videos like the pneumatic parts feeder and the pallets.

I plan on writing activities to go along with the robot shortly, and will send them to anyone who purchases one through In-Position Technologies. As an added bonus, I will also share the files so that you can make your own accessories like pallets, AND pneumatic parts feeder as seen in my videos, free of charge!

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Jim Hanson

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