Industrial robots are suitable for an extremely wide range of fabrication and construction processes. Commonly used in automotive production and other high-volume production, robots are now implemented in the production of architectural components, low-volume production, and academia. The potential of the Industrial Robotic manipulator makes for an appealing tool for shops, design firms, and fabricators who want numerical control capability but do not have the means to invest in many specialized computer numerical control (CNC) tools. As the cost of hardware drops, designers have more access to these tools; but perceived hurdles limit the diffusion of manipulators in many settings. This course provides a pragmatic intro to the Industrial Robot as a tool that supports many numerically controlled activities. The course will provide details of the procurement, requisite tooling, safety, installation, and calibration. We will also conduct a hands-on demonstration of the commissioning and basic operation of an industrial robot arm. This session features PowerMill. AIA Approved
- Learn how to procure an industrial robot and requisite tooling
- Learn about the basic operation of an industrial robotic manipulator (robot)
- Learn how to set up, calibrate, and safely operate a small industrial robot
- Learn about the potential for a small industrial robotic arm to replace the need for multiple specialized CNC tools
Nathan King is a founding member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Design Robotics Group, where his investigation involves strategic process intervention and development with a particular focus on design robotics and additive manufacturing technologies. Nathan holds an appointment at the Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design, and he has taught at Rhode Island School of Design where he is the co-founding director of the Glass Robotics Lab, and at the Harvard GSD. Nathan has co-authored forthcoming books on material systems and advanced design technologies, lectured extensively on related topics, and developed a variety of international workshops, research activities, and design initiatives. Professionally, Nathan is the director of research at MASS Design Group; acting programs manager for the emerging Autodesk, Inc., BUILD space; and he has consulted on the development of design robotics laboratories worldwide.