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January 12, 2008

Fun with Robotic Arms

at 5:09 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Funny Hacks, Insane Equipment


Some of these systems look so dangerous. I wonder what it would take for one of these systems to glitch and malfunction. A slight error is all it would take to kill someone! Kuka makes robots mainly for industrial use and their site is great since they document many of their installs. For example have a look at the LegoLand RoboCoaster.





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6 Responses to “Fun with Robotic Arms”

  1. yo Says:

    image this machine going out of controll, imagine BSOD while going towards the ground. hohoho 🙂

  2. Zack Says:

    Industrial arms have brakes on every joint that engage on error or if the arm is stationary for more than a few seconds. They make a cool clicking sound.

  3. spike00olds Says:

    wow at 1st i thought he was going to hit his head

  4. Mr. Maigo Says:

    It’s not the equipment going insane I worry about, it’s the people who program it…

  5. Josh Says:

    These machines have billions if not trillions of combined hours on them in industrial use. We use them for gate clipping, assembly and take out robots. I have seen only one robot ever in 20 years of injection molding experience, malfunction (positional encoding) that resulted in a crash. The positions are typically programmed in mm’s or 100ths of an inch and have a repeatability of anywhere to 1-3 mm depending on size speed and load. The machines are not what I’m afraid of, it’s the programmer that scares me. Did they use execute steps, or execute&wait steps etc?

  6. Soft Robots - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] to things around it if there was a collision. These soft robots are the opposite of the type we featured in the past that humans could ride on, and if there was a bug in code have a bad day on. A soft robot has […]

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