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How to simulate industrial robots

Experimenter
Experimenter

Industrial robots are widely used in industrial automation. Sometimes I need to simulate robot movements to check for collisions with other parts, or to check if the tool can reach a certain location in the workspace.

 

Currently my workflow is to import the robt as adjustable assembly in the parent assembly. After that I impose some mates to the robot basement and to the robot tool, so that robot arms take the right position in the space. This is enough to check the position of arms in a certain place of the robot cycle, but it says nothing about position of arms during movements.

 

Is there somebody here that already faced (and solved) this problem? Does a plugin for solid edge exist?

 

 

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Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Phenom
Phenom

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

I think you can achieve your goal nativly in SE...   But also have a look at Dynamic Designer (DDM) 

 

http://www.design-simulation.com/DDM/SolidEdge/index.php

 

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Matt Johnson
Solid Edge Certified Professional (ST7 & ST8)
Solid Edge ST9 (SEEC) - Production
NX11 (Tc Integration) Pre-Production Testing
Teamcenter 10.1.7

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Gears Esteemed Contributor Gears Esteemed Contributor
Gears Esteemed Contributor

Hi there @Ale_Marchetti,

 

This blog post may be of help/interest..... https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Solid-Edge-Blog/New-Video-from-Art-Patrick/ba-p/3039...

Sean Cresswell
Design Manager Streetscape Ltd
Solid Edge ST10 [MP7] Classic [x2 seats]
Windows 10 - Quadro P2000

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Builder
Builder

Thank you for the links, they show interesting content.

 

BTW, to simulate a 6-axis robot is something more: it is necessary to take in count a lot of things, like the real workspace, the limitation of every couple, to avoid singularities, etc etc.

 

currently we export the environment in step-format and pass it to the robot supplier, but I was wondering to create simulations to have a faster validation workflow.

 

I will try to see to use linear motors, I will post a solution here if I will find one.

 

Bests Regards, Ale.

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Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Solution Partner Phenom Solution Partner Phenom
Solution Partner Phenom

This movie may give you some ideas.

Path relationship and simple motors.

LMGi
www.TLMGi.com

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Builder
Builder
Nice video, even if this method make it possible to the user to simulate movements that are not allowed to the robot actually.
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Design of automation

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Gears Phenom Gears Phenom
Gears Phenom

Hello,

 

Speaking of robots (and a little off topic) has anyone seen the Igus robot builder site?  

 

https://robolink-designer.igus.tools/construction

 

Of interest is the ability to adjust a slider for the arm length and it changes length on the screen.  Pretty cool.

 

Kyle

Kyle Joiner
IPA LLC
ST10 MP1

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Siemens Legend Siemens Legend
Siemens Legend

Ale,

without any additional knowledge in this area, there is RobCad, RobotExpert & Process Simulate from Siemens.

https://www.plm.automation.siemens.com/en/products/tecnomatix/manufacturing-simulation/robotics/inde...

 

/Ulf

Siemens EMEA GTAC Support

Re: How to simulate industrial robots

Phenom
Phenom

Use the right tools for the right job! If you need to look at interferences and collisions you need a tool that will create and use point cloud information.

 

Process simulation or plant simulation are the Siemens tool (Tecnomatix) for these type of activities. Keep in mind this is a much more robust tool!