Software Add-on 

RapidRobot

The next generation robot controller is here. RapidRobot is a powerful robot controller which provides users with an intuitive interface for programming, simulating, and manipulating robots in real time.

INTRODUCTION AND FEATURES

Overview

RapidRobot is a robot controller that leverages RMP soft motion controller. Many applications can be programmed entirely with the RapidRobot UI

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RapidSequencer

A script that can be loaded into the robot controller to create a customer user block for any customization

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Add additional axes (servo, stepper, or IO)

A user can add additional EtherCAT compatible slave devices in addition to the robot 

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EtherCAT robot arm

RapidRobot software can work with any EtherCAT compatible collaborative, industrial, delta, or SCARA robot

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Real-time & deterministic performance

Collect or modify robot moves using our timestamps in a real-time deterministic network 

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Machine builder

Use the RMP motion controller for your machine and RapidRobot for additional robot(s) using single controller.

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Jog in cartesian or joint space live

Perform the same same joint space and cartesian space jog and teach operations as with a Teach Pendant

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Control multiple robots using RapidRobot

You can use RapidRobot software to control up to 11 robots simultaneously

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Offline programming

Robot programs can be created and edited offline

UNDER THE HOOD

Architecture

RapidRobot is a plugin that allows our open RMP EtherCAT soft motion controller to be work with RoboDK’s Robot software user interface. 

RECOMMENDED HARDWARE

RapidArm Components

Surface Pro

Dimensions (HxWxD): 292 x 201 x 8.5 mm

Screen Size: 12.3 “

Resolution: 2736 x 1824

Weight: 784 g

Style: Wired or Wireless

Robot Controller

OS: Windows 10 32/64 bit

Core Support: 6th generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 LGA1151 socket type processors

Chipset: Intel® 100 Series

Display Support: 1 x DVI-D, and 1x HDMI for dual independent 

LAN Ports: 3 x Intel® GbE LAN ports; support WoL, teaming and PXE

USB Support: 4 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 and 2 x RS232/422/485 auto

Power Support: +24VDC input & ATX power mode.

INTUITIVE USER INTERFACE

RapidRobot Software

Program

The Most Intuitive Controller For Cobots

Enjoy the ultimate robot program editor. Creating programs is like using a mobile application. It brings an advanced design interface to the robotic industry that both beginners and experts will fall in love with. It's incredibly smart, super flexible, amazingly powerful and visual by nature. This is how programming a robot is meant to be done.

Jog

Moving a Robot Has Never Been Easier

With our software, moving your robot to is extremely easy. You have complete freedom to jog in Joint or Cartesian space. Easily change speed, modes and save points. With our animations you will know exactly what part of the robot is moving and when certain limits have reached. Controlling a robot has never been this easy and fun!

I/O

Inputs and Outputs State and Manipulation

Troubleshooting and configuring IO all in one place. Easily modify the state of each individual component or simply observe how your program is changing the state of your available IO.

Customize

Different Flavors For Different People

Here at RSI we see how different popular technologies and trends evolve and it is our goal to stay current with technologies that might make our customers life easier. The RA Software allows you to change the theme, the jogging style, and the language. These are just the first custom items of many more to come!

ADVANCED FEATURES

RoboDK Add-on

The combination of our motion controller and RoboDK’s intuitive UI delivers a complete motion package for any robotic application

Introduction

Robot programs can be created and edited offline through a simplified drag and drop programming interface. Real-time manipulation of a physical robot is simplified in either cartesian or joint motion. 3D files can be imported for robot milling applications and multiple robots can be controlled simultaneously.

Offline Programming

Simulation and Offline Programming of industrial robots has never been easier. Easily set up a virtual environment, create reference frames, targets and programs offline for many applications. You don’t need to learn brand-specific programming languages anymore.

Offline Programming (or Off-Line Programming) means programming robots outside the production environment. Offline Programming eliminates production downtime caused by shopfloor programming. Simulation and Offline Programming allows studying multiple scenarios of a work cell before setting up the production work cell. Mistakes commonly made in designing a work cell can be predicted in time.

Offline Programming is the best way to maximize return on investment for robot systems and it requires appropriate simulation tools. The time for the adoption of new programs can be cut from weeks to a single day, enabling the robotization of short-run production.

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Offline Programming with RoboDK

RoboDK provides a user friendly Graphical User Interface to simulate industrial robots. Furthermore, with RoboDK’s API you can easily program and simulate robots through Python. RoboDK supports many robot controllers and generates the appropriate files for your robot. You can also customize your Post Processor.

Python is a programming language that lets you work faster and integrate your systems more effectively. Python’s syntax allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code compared to other languages, making it friendly and easy to learn. The Python 3.4.1 version is automatically installed with the default installer.

Some RoboDK examples with Python are available as well as the RoboDK’s API reference for Python. The RoboDK API is also available for C# with a sample project and Matlab.

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Robot Post Processor

The Post Processor defines how the robot programs should be generated. The conversion of the simulator movements to specific robot instructions is done by a Post Processor. Post Processors provide complete flexibility to generate the robot programs for specific requirements.

RoboDK provides post processors for most robot brands. Postprocessors can be easily created or modified. One Post Processor in RoboDK is simply a Python file that defines how the code should be generated.

Robot Machining

Use your robot arm like a 5-axis milling machine (CNC) or a 3D printer. Simulate and convert NC programs (G-code, APT or DXF files) to robot programs. RoboDK will automatically optimize the robot path, avoiding singularities, axis limits and collisions.

Send us a sample project and we will help you set it up in RoboDK!

Robot Library

You have access to many industrial robots, external axes, and tools from over 20 different manufacturers. Easily use any robot for any application, such as machining, welding, cutting, painting, inspection, deburring, and more.

We can convert your old robot to work with RapidRobot using our Robot Retrofit package.

Don’t see your robot? Let us know and we’ll include it!

Robot Accuracy

Your robot arm is not accurate enough?

Calibrate your robots to improve robot accuracy and improve production results. Run ISO9283 robot performance tests. Certificate robots with a ballbar test.

Examples

The following examples show some basic usage of RoboDK. The examples explained in this section are available with the default RoboDK download.

The station files for each of these examples can be accessed through File->Open, then, select the appropriate example in the default library folder.

  • Pick and place – Basic pick and place simulation.
  • Pick and place with Python – This example shows how to use Python to program a robot for pick and place.
  • Drawing with a robot – Draw an SVG image with your robot. Include 3rd party libraries to your project.
  • Robot milling – Use your robot like a CNC. Easily import NC-code (G-code or APT) and generate robot programs.
  • Conveyor belt – Simulate a conveyor belt or any other mechanisms using the Python API.
  • DXF to robot program – Convert DXF sketch file to robot programs.
  • Milling with external axes – Synchronize a robot with external axes for milling.
  • Painting – Easily create paths for robot painting or inspection
  • Spot welding – Spot welding and drilling can be easily accomplished with RoboDK
  • 3D Printing – 3D printing with an industrial robot in a few steps.
  • 2D Vision simulation – Simulate 2D cameras integrated with an automated line using RoboDK.

 

Pick and place

This example shows a basic pick and place program where four balls are moved from one table to another using a pneumatic suction cup.

The tutorial shows basic interaction with RoboDK’s simulator for offline programming.

View pick and place simulation

Pick and place with Python

This example shows an advanced pick and place simulation. Moving the robot and replacing the objects is accomplished through Python.

The RoboDK’s Python API allows you to program any robot through Python. Additionally, you can interact with the simulator to create, modify or edit any objects or robots programmatically.

View pick and place simulation

Drawing with a robot

This example shows how to simulate a painting or a drawing application with RoboDK.

The robot is programmed to draw an SVG image. The drawing simulation is achieved using the Python API and a reference object “pixel” that is added to the board as the robot moves.

A 3rd party Python library is used to convert the SVG image to robot coordinates.

View drawing simulation

Robot milling

The robot milling feature allows you to simulate and optimize any robot path for robot milling, robot welding, robot painting or inspection. You can easily generate robot paths along curves and points included in CAD files (STEP and IGES format supported).

With RoboDK you can also convert NC-code machining programs (such as G-code and APT files) to robot programs. RoboDK automatically avoids robot singularities, joint limits and collisions.

View milling simulation

Conveyor belt

Any type of mechanism, such as a conveyor belt, can be simulated using the Python API. This example shows how two Univeral Robots (UR10) work together feeding and taking parts from a conveyor belt.

View conveyor simulation

DXF to robot program

A robot path can be generated from a DXF file. This feature is useful for paths located on a plane, such as cutting in 2D for example. In this video we use a UR10 robot and a DXF file to generate a URscript program.

 

Robot milling with external axes

External axes can be modelled and synchronized with the robot. This example uses an ABB robot with an ABB turntable to machine a spherical object.

Robot painting

RoboDK can be used to generate paths along surfaces, for example, to generate zig-zag movements for painting applications or inspection. RoboDK automatically avoids robot singularities, joint limits and collisions.

Targets on a surface can also be created in a few steps (menu “Program”->”Teach targets on surface”).

Spot welding

Spot welding can be easily accomplished. It is also possible to import points or curves in text format, as well as machining programs (NC-code: G-code, APT, …). The same utility can be used to automate drilling a set of points.

This video is a spot welding demonstration using a Kuka robot and an HMD Technology weld gun.

3D Printing with a robot

3D Printing with robots can be easily accomplished in a few steps using RoboDK. A 3D object (such as an STL file) can be first sliced into different layer paths, then, the 3D printing robot program can be simulated.

You can generate the appropriate program for your robot once you are satisfied with the result. In this example we use a Nachi robot to 3D print a cubic object.

Camera Inspection

Two Universal Robots and a SICK 2D inspection camera perform a palletizing task. It is very easy to simulate 2D cameras integrated with an automated line using RoboDK.

By selecting the RoboDK menu: “Connect-Simulate 2D camera” you can see a preview of the camera. The camera can be held by a robot or static in the cell.

The camera settings can be adjusted manually or through the RoboDK API using Python scripting. Camera settings such as the focal distance, field of view, working distance or sensor size can be easily adjusted. The workspace of the camera can also be displayed.

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