Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsThe best way to learn anything is to try and do it. Here’s your chance to build your very own robot. In this very practical course, you will build a simple physical robot, and create the software to allow it to perform a useful task. Your challenge is to create a simple robot that can can draw lines on a sheet of paper. You’ll put your knowledge of robotics and mathematics to use, and also exercise your programming skills. You’ll enjoy sharing your robot design and the way your robot works with other learners all around the world. I’m Professor Peter Corke, please join me in this exciting challenge of creating a robot arm.
Here’s your chance to build a simple robot.
In this course, you’ll design, build and program a simple robot that can carry a pen or pencil and draw a coordinated line on a sheet of a paper. There are many ways you could build such a robot and that will depend on your skill level, your budget, or what equipment you can source.
You will bring together a number of skills, such as mechanical design and software development. You will generate a trajectory of points for the robot to move on a worksheet, and test and adjust the software to improve your robot’s performance. You will then submit a video of your completed robot for peer review.
What topics will you cover?
Build your robot arm:
- Sourcing the equipment
- Connecting to the brick
- Moving the motors
- Braking modes
Configuration and design:
- Joint types
- Key design decisions
- Connecting structure and gears
Move and test your robot arm:
- Robot design tips
- Developing kinematics equations in MATLAB
- Moving your robot to a point
- Joint movement
- Improving movement performance
Assess your robot (optional):
- Filming your robot arm
- Submitting your video for peer assessment
- Assessing other learners’ videos
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