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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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Dobot Magician Start Up Procedure

Question:

What’s the proper way to actually get my Dobot Magician to connect to my computer?  What software is required? Is it expensive?  

Solution:

Number one, the software is free and it is called Dobot Studio. I am told it always will be, and it is updated regularly. You can install it on as many computers as you wish. Did I mention it is free? As for start up procedure, it is very easy. just watch the short one minute video clip below.  A couple other things while we are at it…. be sure that the power supply power cord is plugged in all the way; this is a common reason for not connecting. Also please heed the warning below and NEVER plug inputs or outputs into the robot while it is powered “ON”.

Never connect or disconnect inputs or outputs to the robot while it is powered up or connected to the software. Damage to the robot will result!

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Caz HS Tech Labs Gets a Faro 3D Laser Scanner

Cazenovia students will be able to utilize a Coordinate Measurement Machine in the near future. This device is used for measuring the physical geometrical characteristics of an object and is manually controlled. It is a 7 degree of freedom arm with a laser end effector that you could use to scan objects. You can then scan an object, bring it into 3D modelling, and modify it or 3D print it. A brief overview of this CMM can be downloaded HERE.

They are used in industry to reverse engineer parts, produce highly accurate 3D models, and for inspection of manufactured items.  It is widely used in many industries including:
  • Aerospace: Alignment, Tooling & Mold Certification, Part Inspection
  • Automotive: Tool Building & Certification, Alignment, Part Inspection
  • Metal Fabrication: OMI, First article inspection, Periodic Part Inspection
  • Molding/Tool & Die: Mold and Die Inspection, Prototype Part Scanning

Students in the Engineering & Technology programs will be able to utilize this piece of equipment in many different ways including scanning to a 3D print, and parts inspection in Computer Integrated Manufacturing class. Students in the Intro to Engineering Design class would be able to use it to measure parts in the reverse engineering unit of the course. It may even be an interesting tool for art students as well!

A parent of a former student has donated the device which he uses in all aspects of the product development in his company MCM Design, Inc.  This is a local company doing global design work right here in Cazenovia. One of the goals of this small local company is to develop products to be manufactured cost effectively in the U.S.A.  What better way to do it than pass down technology to the people who will be using it in the future: our high school engineering students! We will be highlighting this company and the work they have done at a later date.

Here’s a cool idea for a project with it from Jay Leno: (This is the company that manufactures the arm that we are getting as well!)

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