Even though it's not a very interesting photo, the story behind these three drawings are awesome. I've been working at Wolf Robotics for a little over eight months now, and they finally put me in some more advanced training that interns don't always get to do. The training that I got into was "IRC5 Rapid Programing with ArcWare". That means nothing to you and very little to me. Let me break it down for you. IRC5 is the type of robot and robot controller we primarily use at Wolf. it's made by ABB robotics (the big giant orange robots you see in car commercials welding on bare car frames, that's the type of robot I was using). "Rapid" is the programming language (it's some acronym, but I don't remember what it stands for), which is a mix between G code language and the C++ language (for any of you who know what those are). And "ArcWare" is just the software used to run the welding equipment we use.
Anyway, the way it all works is really simple. Through a "teach pendant" that the programmer has in their hands (think of it as a $7,000 iPad that does WAY cooler stuff), they can do quick programming. The first picture is what I used to program the robot with. I started with the head outline (at the top), then had to define the center arc point and the end arc point for each half of the head. That's why there is a cross in the center dividing it all up. I basicall went point to point and taught the robot what moves to make. Once I was finished with the programming, all I had to do was put down a new piece of paper and hit "play".
Took me about 15 minutes to program this and make two copies. Considering that I just learned how to do all of the programming a few hours earlier, I say this is winning with a $60,000 robot. Can you believe that I got paid to do this today?
You can watch a video I took of the robot making the center image here.