Last July, the 10th, Ignacio Rosales finally presented his project based on the development of a machine control system using the real-time EtherCat protocol. This project has been co-directed by Víctor Torres López.
The machine is a pick-and-place machine which was previously developed as part of the 2012 Omron’s CEA award.
Extensive work for reverse engineering the Omron servomotors and integrating into the LinuxCNC fwamework has been required.
As a result, a new architecture for the development of machines, with an excellent real-time response and high flexibility has been tested.
Last July, the 8th, Alejandro Barranco, presented his Master Thesis based on the implementation of a control system for a CNC milling machine based using LinuxCNC and the cards from MESA Electronics.
This CNC is based on industrial brushless motors with analog speed controllers from Baldor. He rebuilt all the electronics of the control box, tuned the controllers, installed a new water-cooled spindle, and customized the control software.
Today, Jose María Herrero presented his work about robot self-tooling.
Jose María Presented the Robot Self-tooling concept.
This a new concept involving 3D printing and robotics, where a robot can build and change his fingers automatically.
This setup uses a 3D printer extruder and a fingerless gripper with two dynamixel ax12 servos. He also had to deal with VAL3 for the programming the staubli TX60, and made a program in Python to send the G-codes.
Alberto presented his Master Thesis (December the 12th) , where a new distributed control system has been developed, based on a CAN bus, for the local and remote control of large rural houses. Can bus offers reliable and deterministic communications with low cost installation.
Distributed Control System based on CAN bus
A full set of nodes based on Atmel microcontrollers has been developed. Different daughter boards provide application specific I/O for motor control, sensors, etc.
A host based on a Raspberry Pi provides remote HTTP access to the network with a dynamic User Interface.
On July, the 15th, 2014, J. Gil Lozano presented its Master Thesis about Educational Mobile Robots programmable under Matlab/Simulink. The original title is “Sistema didáctico para programación de robots móviles en Matlab/Simulink”.
The student participated in the development of the PIERO mobile platform for teaching robotics and mechatronics. He worked with the version 1.0 of the platform and developed lab-work using both the Arduino and the Raspberry PI computing boards.