We have found a way to get a Dobot Magician for teaching in your classroom! All you have to do is go to InPosition Technologies here: https://www.dobot.us/ and when your district makes the purchase, use the code chrisandjimcim for $100 off and free shipping!
NOTE: We do get a portion of all sales that are generated using this code, and it will be used to pay for this website.
The other advantages to buying it here using this code:
US warranty work is done here in the United States.
They sell spare parts and accessories that are shipped from right here too.
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 have just purchased 8 of them for my classroom to use within my robotics class. As I develop activities, I will also share all of them, in Word Doc format for all of you who use the code to purchase a robot. I will also share the files for any of the 3D printed and lasercut accessories that we make for it in the classroom. Very easy to program, and very powerful software that can TEACH as well as RECORD. The software is free and requires no code. Download it here. See the quick video below!
Robocell is a very powerful software simulation for industrial robotics. It has a great simulation window that lets you see what would happen if you have a robotic arm. I strongly recommend that you purchase an arm though…. The kids love it, and get a lot out of having it in the classroom.
Here’s some basic information that you need to know BEFORE you even open the program.
Includes: Saving files, Order of Operations, Starting new projects, Importing 3D models, Writing the program.
CellSetup: Setting up your cell
Four minutes of all you need to know to make a cell to begin programming! Remember: CellSetup is a different program than Robocell! Includes info on:
Navigation, YX coordinate system, Adding components, Editing components, Showing/Hiding Envelope.
Robocell Activity A: Cell Setup (Record)
In this video learn the basics of making a cell in the Cell Setup portion of Robocell. From adding objects, to placing them correctly, it is all covered in this seven minute video.
Robocell Activity B: Cell Setup (Teach)
In this six minute tutorial learn how to “Teach” positions in Robocell, and learn how it is different from “Record”.
Robocell: Using Variables
In this tutorial learn how to use variables to stack four blocks in a very simple manner. Also learn how to make labels and use an IfJump command in Robocell as well. This goes along with activity 3.1.2F in the PLTW CIM curriculum.
Robocell: Gravity Feeder/ASRS Demonstration
Students in my CIM class built an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) using a bunch of switches, a gravity feeder, and an ER4-U robot. They programmed it to pick and place parts from the feeder into the ASRS, and be able to tell where the parts are, and if the feeder is empty, or if the ASRS is full. Next up: Sorting by colors!
Thanks to Moises Gonzales, here’s a list of RoboCell Shortcuts you can use in your classroom!Continue Reading
Robocell is a robotic simulation program made by Intellitek and it is used in CIM classrooms around the nation to demonstrate and teach robotic programing. There is also a seperate program; it’s really a package deal, that allows you to build your cell first. This is called CellSetup. Then you use Robocell to do the simulations.
Below are some videos that demonstrate the basics of using this software. Some videos below do not have any sound track.
My students are working on the Handshake activity, and just trying to get it to work in Robocell. They are telling me that they need the robot to move down the slide base but don’t know how to put that in their program. Can you help?
The slide base is just an extra axis, and it allows points to be taught and recorded, anywhere along it. Follow the directions below, it’s easy!
To move the robot to any point on the slide base, just move it on axis 7 in the screenshot to the left. The Hotkeys are 7 & U, and by hitting these keys, the students will be able to move it along this axis.
Movement on this axis becomes part of the point when you save the position.
To record or teach this position, just do it the way you always have WITH ONE EXCEPTION!
Be sure that when you open the file, the Peripherals box is checked as in the screenshot to the right.
When using the slidebase, this needs to be done as soon as you open the file, and it should then stay checked with each point. Be sure to check this, or it will not move on the slide when you run the program.
What’s the difference between teach and record? Aren’t they the same thing?
Actually, they are very different. Record is done by “driving” the robot to a point in space, and then hitting the record button.
If you Teach a position, it is not necessary to move the robot at all. This is a much easier way to program the robot as you do not have to drive it around. Click on the Expand button to get the Teach dialog.
Once opened, just type in the values for X, Y, Z, Roll and Pitch, and hit the Teach button. Done! Students (teachers too) also make the mistake of typing stuff in the boxes, then hitting the Record button. Be sure to use the Teach button!