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.
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
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!
So you know about the cell that Marquardt Switches donated to Cazenovia High School, right? There’s a little more info here.
Scott Hansen, The engineer who designed and built the cell that manufactures power tool switches came to school to briefly explain how the cell operates.
The cell was used to make power tool switches, and was donated to our department. This year, a group of EDD students are going to disassemble it, bring it into the classroom, and reassemble it.
Watch this video below for a quick intro to what it does, and stay tuned for much, much more.