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Designing a Simulated Robot (Robotics Module)

LabVIEW 2014 Robotics Module Help

Edition Date: June 2014

Part Number: 372983F-01

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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, conveyors, 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.

  1. Create robot parts for a simulated robot using one of the following methods.
    1. Import a CAD model and add physical models to the CAD model.
    2. Add predefined models to the robot model.
  2. Specify the position and orientation of robot parts to assemble a robot model.
  3. Connect robot parts with different types of joints.
  4. Add motors to control the movement of the joints.
  5. Save or export the robot model that you design.

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.


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