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Software / Tips for Testing KUKA Callibration
« Last post by thinktankgroup on July 13, 2017, 03:37:46 PM »
Hey there! Our new KUKA robot is currently being installed and configured as we speak. Before the team of engineers that are setting it up leave, I would love some feedback and any suggestions on how we can ensure it is being setup, configured, and calibrated properly. We want to make sure that everything is being calibrated perfectly, before the engineers wrap up installation :smile:

I'm hoping someone might have some suggestions, sample files and tests we could run to be able to quickly confirm everything is setup and dialed in perfectly. Any tips on what kind of things to be on the lookout for? Known issues, common problems, etc... Here are some of the questions we have:
- What are the best ways to ensure the 7 axis robot, liner rail, rotary table, and parts change is setup properly?
- Are there any test files that we can use to help us easily test and validate the calibration?
- Are there any other software or tools we should be using?
- What things should we be looking out for in order to ensure the calibration is setup perfectly? (Repeatability, Accuracy, etc...)
- What would be some great projects to test each of the areas?
- What else are we not thinking of?

Robot Cell:
- KUKA KR-150 r3100 on a
- Tools: Mill, Hot Wire, (Extruder, Chainsaw, Plasma Cutter, Coming Soon)
- Wireless Touch Sensor
- Robot sits on a 40ft Linear Rail
- 48" Rotary Table
- ATI Quick Connect Head and Plates
- 10 Part Tool Garage Changer
- Laser Part Setter
- Laser Fence

- ZBrushGrasshopper
- PowerMill
- Grasshopper
- ArtCam

Thanks again!
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Misc / Quetion About Robotic Toolbox
« Last post by egeekiel on July 12, 2017, 10:00:04 PM »

My name is Mike and I own and opearte a brick and mortar computer sales and service center. I have been involved in eletronics IT etc for many many years. I learned a lot from my father while sitting on a stool in his television repair shop which tells you a lot about my age.

Anyway and very recently I came across this  device.


The premise being this piece of luggae will follow you around and is controlled by an app on your phone. It consistently remains 3 feet or so behind you and pretty much goes where you go... only problem is , its luggage.

I am trying to design and build a unit that does basically the same thing BUT to use as a toolbox. IN my indistry I only need to carry around 25-35 lbs of tools at anytime, and would liek to take a small case liek a Pelican case, use DC motors, dc batteries, and design an app for either a cell phone or simply build my own little remote attachment the toolbox woulc connect too wirlessly and simply follow me around. Stop when I stop, go when I go etc.

I work a LOT in larger buildings with5 or 10 or 20 floors and I move from one room to another punching down cables, terminantiog several different inputs etc and I am constantly sliding around digging through my toolbox looking for the tool I need for any particular job.

If anyone would even have a clue as to what motors I would need, what batteries in order to get say 3-4 hours of life per day out of teh system itself, a way to recharge during an 8 -12 hour period or so, whie still keeping it as light as possible with teh ability to carry at least 20-30 lbs or so.

I would think this would be very doable. The luggage in the link above is just now becoming available for around 400$ and in all reality could probably be used exactly as I intend to use it, however, there is something nagging at me making me want to design and build my own, but I dont havet he faintest clue where to start.

This will be my first undertaking in anything robotic BUT it is something I have wanted to try for a very long time. I just have never found anything that I found interesting up until this point...especially something that I would use on a day by day basis.

I am also confident that I am not the oNLY geek in teh world that would love to have an autonomous toolbox that would follow you around liek a puppy. There is something extremely cool and wildly high tech about this.

Sof if anyone has any suggestions as to where to start as far as motors and betteries and part numbers etc I am more than willing to listen, The Pelican type cases are very easy to come by and i am looking at the 18 inch long by 12 inch wide by 8 inch high waterproof models. They weigh less than 5 lbs and would make a wonderful small toolbox.

Its just now I need the way to power them and make them move as I move and to have them last a normal work day.

If you watch the video above or are somewhat familiar with this luggage then it will become obvoius what I am trying to accomplish. Hey it could be the next Uber ...who knows :)

YThanks in advance for any help of direction.

Mike aka egeekiel

Hi there!

We're turning an industrial warehouse into a one-of-a-kind Fab Lab, and are looking for some advice on the most effective, efficient and affordable way to heat / cool our space and keep the air fresh and healthy.

Would love to know how others out there with similar setups are heating and cooling their space.

- Certain zones of our Fab Lab will produce dust, debris, fumes, smoke or smells that we need to extract and contain
- Different areas in our warehouse might have different requirements and serve different functions, which might complicate things

I would really appreciate any insights, recommendations or advice that you could share! Thanks in advance.
Mechanics and Construction / Best Dust Collection System for Fab Lab?
« Last post by thinktankgroup on July 11, 2017, 10:23:31 AM »
Hi there!

We are opening a one-of-a-kind Fab Lab, and are looking for recommendations / advice on the best dust collection systems for the type of work that we will be doing in our shop.


- We have several different zones in our shop, including Robotics, Wood Shop, Metal Shop, CNC Shop, Chemical Storage, Paint Booth, etc.
- We will be zoning off our "dusty" work zones from our "non-dusty" zones, such as our office space, material storage, etc.
- See photo to get a better overview of our space: https://www.screencast.com/t/Bn0IPbuEL (Yellow = dust zone, Blue = no dust zone.)


- What is the best dust collection system for this kind of fab lab?
- What are you using / would you recommend for dust collection? Air purification? Fume extraction?

I would really appreciate any insights, recommendations or advice that you could share! Thanks in advance.
Hi there!

We recently purchased a KUKA kr150 r3100 and are looking for some advice or insights on what the best / most functional layout might look like for our 7-axis robotic work cell.

- We have a 30" rotary table w/ 48" dia. table top
- We have a 44 foot track
- Some of our use cases include wood working, foam sculpting, metal work, welding work, etc.

Does anyone of any advice or insights on what might be the best, most strategic layout for our space and the best place to put our table? Would really appreciate any input. Thanks!
Misc / Opinions Wanted - Best Work Table for Robotic Cell
« Last post by thinktankgroup on July 11, 2017, 08:52:41 AM »

We recently purchased a KUKA kr150 r3100 and we're looking for recommendations for the best work table to put in our work cell.

We've been looking into getting the NEMI vacuum grid table (http://nemi.com/vacuumgridtable.aspx), but before we jump in and make the purchase, I wanted to see if anyone had recommendations for other alternatives that are out there? Or what kind of work tables have you had the best luck with in your own work space?

Our only requirement is that we need to be able to quickly fasten parts onto the table.

Would appreciate any recommendations, insights or advice you might be able to offer! Thanks in advance.
Misc / Paint Advice - Hiding Dust in Fabrication Lab
« Last post by thinktankgroup on July 10, 2017, 09:39:21 AM »
Hi all!

We're opening a one-of-a-kind innovation/fabrication lab (our KUKA kr150 r3100 arrives today!), and we're trying to select paint (wall and ceiling) that will look great and will give us the most efficient work space possible.

Does anyone have any insights or advice on what color of paint and sheen best hide the kind of dust and debris that come with working in this kind of lab? What type/color of paint have you found is a great camouflage for dust and is best for washing down / keeping clean?

- We're working with materials like wood, foam and metals
- Our space is made up of CMU Walls / Metal Decking / Steel Trusses
- We want to choose paint shades and sheens that camouflage dust and debris as much as possible

Thanks in advance for any insights that you can provide!
Mechanics and Construction / Re: Waterproof switches and elec housing??
« Last post by actuonix on July 05, 2017, 10:09:32 AM »
Just a quick note on this - Firgelli.com no longer exists. We changed our name last summer to Actuonix Motion Devices. We still have the same line ofmicro linear actuators  as before. Thanks!
Misc / the recreational drone registration rule is dead
« Last post by Admin on July 03, 2017, 01:52:50 PM »
I'd like to share this email I got today from the local drone users group:

The recreational drone registration rule is dead, at least for now. Today, the court has issued its final order implementing its May 19th decision to vacate the Registration Rule for model aircraft.

If you wish to delete your registration and receive a refund, please see this FAA web site for a refund form you can mail to FAA:


For more information about this story, please see the links below:

    Statement from John Taylor: http://fund.dcdrone.org/updates/

    Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2017/07/03/federal-court-issues-final-order-faa-drone-hobby-registry-is-for-now-officially-dead/

    In-depth guide to the Drone Registration Lawsuit by Jonathan Rupprecht: https://jrupprechtlaw.com/drone-registration-lawsuit

Fly safe! Drone responsibly!
Misc / 4th of July Sale - ServoCity !
« Last post by ServoCity on July 03, 2017, 09:38:48 AM »
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