This section provides a guide on how to get started with robotic fabrication. It will guide you through setting up the required software, as well as some basic exercises. This guide is completely digital, and won't require a physical robot. Once finished, you can proceed to use a physical robot or continue with the simulated robot.
We use a variety of different software packs in the Robotics Lab. Here is a list of some of the software we use and the requirements.
Fabrication and Programming Environment
Windows, Rhino 6
Programming Plugin for Grasshopper
Windows*, Rhino 6
Programming & Simulation Environment for ABB Robots
Simulation Environment for UR Robots.
Windows or Linux
Advanced Simulation Environment
*Robots is on MacOSX now, however many of the plugins we use in our scripts do not work on mac. We recommend using Windows.
For the purposes of this getting started guide, we will work with Rhino & Grasshopper, and the Robots plugin. Together this software gives you the ability to program and run basic simulations for all the robots available in the Robotics Lab.