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Learn the Rules, Then Break Them: Fusion 360 for Industrial Robot Arms

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    Fusion 360 software now offers a simple workflow for programming industrial robot arms. Anyone familiar with post-processing machine code from Fusion 360 can now create robot code in the same way. During this lab, users will use the manufacturing space from Fusion 360 to generate robot native code that can drive industrial robot arms. First, we will show a generic robot workflow within Fusion 360 that will post with the ABB post processor. Then, we will cover exporting code into a virtual robot simulator, ABB RobotStudio, for validation. We’ll then pivot to recordings at Autodesk Technology Centers, explaining calibration of various coordinate systems localizing the robot arm and robot operation for milling applications. We’ll introduce other applications that participants can use with this workflow, such as welding and additive. Finally, we will share various case studies from Autodesk Technology Center residents and customers utilizing Fusion 360 for industrial robots.

    Key Learnings

    • Quick introduction to Industrial Robots
    • Set-up manufacturing space in Fusion 360 to post-process native robot code for the application of milling
    • Test and validate posted robot code from Fusion 360 in a virtual robot simulator
    • Identify various coordinate systems of the industrial robot arm and calibrate tool data and work object data