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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.

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How do you use outputs on a Dobot Magician?

Question:

How do you use outputs on a Dobot Magician to do something?

Answer:

How about a grinding operation? See below for the basics. A full blown tutorial will be coming soon!

A Grinding Operation with the Dobot and a  Continuous Rotation Servo

This robot is the smoothest, speediest, most accurate and repeatable one I have ever used in CIM class… except for my Fanuc.

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CIM Material Processes

 

HWMT BrochureYour students really need to know how things are made in industry, so below are some resources to help you get started with the learning process. My students became an “expert” in one particular field, picked a topic, and made a brochure about a specific manufacturing process. Part of their research was to find a great video that explains the process. The links to all of the videos, as well as some of their brochures as well.

Download the 2017 HIM Brochure Topics .

Download the Process Brochure Template as a zipped publisher file.

Download the 2013 HIM Brochure Rubric.

All videos linked below are in order as they appear on the Brochure Topics Handout referenced above.

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM): is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications. It is one of the techniques used for 3D printing.
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 Selective Laser Sintering (SLS):  is an additive manufacturing (AM) technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material (typically metal), aiming the laser automatically at points in space defined by a 3D model, binding the material together to create a solid structure.
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 Stereolithography (SL):  is a form of 3-D printing technology used for creating models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts in a layer by layer fashion using photopolymerization, a process by which light causes chains of molecules to link together, forming polymers.
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 Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM): is a rapid prototyping system. In it, layers of adhesive-coated paper, plastic, or metal laminates are successively glued together and cut to shape with a knife or laser cutter.
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rapid prototyping system. In it, layers of adhesive-coated paper, plastic, or metal laminates are successively glued together and cut to shape with a knife or laser cutter.
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CNC Milling is  the most common form of computer numerical control (CNC) machining, performs the functions of both drilling and turning machines. CNC mills are categorized according to their number of axis and are traditionally programmed using a set of codes that represent specific functions.
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 CNC Turning refers to the automated machining process of shaping material, such as metal, wood or plastic, using a computer numeric control (CNC) machine. Turning is usually done when making round parts.
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Waterjet Cutting:  is a form capable of cutting a wide variety of materials using a very high-pressure jet of water, or a mixture of water and an abrasive substance.
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Laser Cutting  is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications, but is also starting to be used by schools, small businesses, and hobbyists. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high-power laser most commonly through optics.
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Drop Forging  is the process of heating metal and hammering it in to a special die (cast die) to produce a final product. Manufacturers use the drop forging process to produce hardware products which need to be strong and durable.
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Die Casting  is a metal casting process that is characterized by forcing molten metal under high pressure into a mould cavity. The mould cavity is created using two hardened tool steel dies which have been machined into shape and work similarly to an injection mould during the process. Most die castings are made from non-ferrous metals, specifically zinc, copper, aluminium, magnesium, lead, pewter and tin-based alloys. Depending on the type of metal being cast, a hot- or cold-chamber machine is used.
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Investment Casting is an industrial process based on lost-wax casting, one of the oldest known metal-forming techniques.[1] The term “lost-wax casting” can also refer to modern investment casting processes.Investment casting has been used in various forms for the last 5,000 years. In its earliest forms, beeswax was used to form patterns necessary for the casting process. Today, more advanced waxes, refractory materials and specialist alloys are typically used for making patterns. Investment casting is valued for its ability to produce components with accuracy, repeatability, versatility and integrity in a variety of metals and high-performance alloys.
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Manufacturing in Victoria BC: Straitline Components

A_Tombstone_SmallBack in 2014 PLTW sent me to Victoria, British Columbia to be an “Educational Consultant” to a production company that was making videos on how things were made in a high tech bike parts manufacturing facility. the name of the company is Straitline, and they were gracious enough to allow me to take video of some of the processes in their facility.  Below are three of them.

It was a trip I will never forget!  Thanks Straitline! Be sure to see the Blog Post thanking them HERE.  

1. Machining Center

2. Bar Feeder Demo

3. Broaching

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MANUFACTURING PROCESS RESEARCH PROJECT IS BORING! GOT A BETTER IDEA?

Question:

Having students write a paper or do a ppt project for manufacturing processes is boring! Do you have a better idea?

reddownloadDOWNLOAD: 2017-mfg-research-project

Solution:

Sure do! How about a manufacturing process brochure? This way students have to do a bit of research, (1 to 2 days) on given material, then post them for other students to see.  I post mine in a hand outs folder on the network.Also included in the activity is a list of topics to choose from.
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The brochure is a Publisher template, or a Word template that you give them; after all, this is not about using publisher or software is it?!? Just be sure that students replace all the pictures and text in the template with their own. You’ld be surprised at the number of students who don’t!

 

On the second page of the handout is a rubric to use for scoring, and step three of the project is my favorite! Kids write a multiple choice quiz question, upon which they are evaluated, and then I take all of the electronically submitted questions, put it into a quiz; after editing of course, and then allow the kids to take the quiz “open brochure” style. This means they can look through all the students brochures to get the answers. This way they learn a little bit about ALL the processes, not just theirs!

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