Designing and configuring a robot model allows you to simulate robots in a simulation scene without depending on the physical robot. A robot model is a software representation of a robot for use in a simulated environment. A robot model consists of component models and joints, which connect the component models. Component models include wheels, tracks, arms, and simple objects that you can use to assemble a robot model. When you design a robot model, you can add component models and sensors as robot parts, add joints to connect the robot parts, add motors to control the movement of joints, and configure the posture and properties of the robot parts.
Use the Robot Simulation Model Builder to design a robot model. You can design robots by using the predefined models or using the robot parts that you created. You also can import a computer-aided design (CAD) robot model in the builder. A CAD robot model is a 3D description file for visualization of a robot, which typically includes the geometry, texture, and material information of the robot. Compared with a typical CAD model which is for visualization only, a robot model that you design in LabVIEW includes both the visual and physical models that describe the simulated robot. The visual model describes the visual appearance of the simulated robot and does not affect the behavior of the robot in the simulation scene. The physical model contains the kinematics and dynamics information of the physical robot and its components in the simulation scene.
The following steps describes the process you use to design a robot model in LabVIEW.
You can view and adjust the posture of the models in the 3D environment.
Use the robot model that you design to simulate the behavior of real robots in a simulated environment that you set up with the Robotics Environment Simulation Wizard.