- About the faculty
- Study programmes
- - ICT
- - Engineering
- - - Preliminary Courses
- - - Aerospace
- - - Civil Engineering
- - - Renewable Energy
- - - Mechatronics
- - - Master in Mechatronics
- - - MSc in Industrial and Technology Management
- - Mathematical Sciences
- - Natural Sciences
The robot lab at the University of Agder consists of one IRB6600-2.55 robot and one IRB1400-1.44 robot from ABB. Both of these robots are used for rapid prototyping of objects made out of foam, wood, composites and aluminium. The figure below shows the two robots in the UiA lab. In the foreground, an automatic tool change cabinet holding 16 tools is shown - see this videoclip at YouTube.
The robots are also used as part of tutorials and practical experiments in the bachelor course MAS216. In this course the students learn to program the robots using the RAPID language from ABB and also using RobotStudio, a 3D graphical simulation environment also from ABB, see the picture below. See this videoclip from YouTube demonstrating milling of a model in styrofoam. In the picture an ABB robot which machines a large object of 1.8m x 1.9m x 2.5m is shown. The object is moved by a linear actuator, which helps the robot to reach all sides of the object. RobotStudio can be used at an early phase to check that the robot can reach all positions and that there are no collisions with the object or the linear actuator.
In order to program the ABB robots quickly for rapid prototyping of mechatronic prototypes, a CAD/CAM package is used together with the conversion software IRBCAM. The University of Agder is currently the only educational institution in the Nordic countries using ABB robots together with a CAD/CAM package and IRBCAM for rapid prototyping. Bachelor and master students graduating from the University of Agder will have gained hands-on industrial robotics experience from our laboratory.
The pictures above demonstrate the prototyping of a propeller part in foam material based on a 3D CAD file from SolidWorks. The propeller was machined from both sides using the IRB1400 robot in the laboratory.
Another example is the milling in wood of the word "Mekatronikk" in Norwegian using the IRB1400 robot.
In addition to RobotStudio and IRBCAM, we use the latest version of Matlab and Simulink for all our analysis, including tutorials and practical sessions in the laboratory.