These cables will allow us to connect power, data, pressure, and vacuum to the end effector of the robot, while never having to worry about them becoming tangled during complex movements.
When robots leave the factory with these things pre-wired, the cables are placed while each massive axis is connected to the next. We dreamt about these scenarios, working at 4am, when our shoulders ached from contorting to reach cables our fingers could barely touch, and our hands bled from untrimmed flashing while struggling with deeply hidden bolts.
Posted on: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Forget hot rods and choppers: custom robots are where it's at. Abe recently got a good cleaning and a new coat of paint, and is starting to look rather sharp.
Next up is routing some cable and air hose...
Posted on: Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Finally, we have what we need to start building.
Posted on: Thursday, January 26, 2012
As any contractor, bag of concrete, or google search will inform you, even near-freezing temperatures prevent the cement in concrete from setting up properly. So thanks to the snow, the top few millimeters of our floor have been slowly returning to their original form - powder, and we've been blowing, sweeping, and vacuuming them up relentlessly.
In the future, this will be a blog of beautiful, dynamic, novel constructions. For now, it is a blog of mediocre home improvements.
Posted on: Friday, January 06, 2012
Reading manuals, finishing the workspace (outlet covers! organization! heat!), making sure everything will be safe once work begins.
Part of that safety... is stickers. As delivered, Abe had four different generations of stickers, so for clarity and cohesion, we're making a whole new set to match a forthcoming color scheme. Unfortunately... designing retro-industrial graphics on the computer is the fun part... with that out of the way, we've got some frustratingly real paint buckets to use - while covering several hundred square feet of concrete with epoxy floor coating.
Posted on: Monday, January 02, 2012