This video demonstrates the ability of robotic manipulator arm to be operated as a 5-axis milling machine. I used visual programming to define its motion path as a sequence of predetermined target planes. Standard CNC milling operates in the X, Y, and Z axes. 5-axis milling allows for rotation about the X and Y axes.
The video demonstrates the ability of the robotic manipulator arm to assemble interlocking flat components. The work surface is used to stabilize assembly in 2 axes, however the structure itself can be rotated to allow for 3-axis assemblies.
This is a project by MIT Civil Engineering graduate student, Mark Tam for the 10-day workshop, "How to Train your Robot." In his final project, Mark designed a laser-cut kit of interlocking arch components that could be assembled automatically by the robotic arm manipulator.
For their project, Teresa and Nikolaos explored how designers assemble simple interlocking parts to inform how an architectural design production system could benefit from robotic assembly aids. They utilized different types of grippers to pick and place interlocking components in various orientations.
This is a project developed by MIT Architecture graduate student, Chang Liu and SUTD Architecture undergrad Jia Xuan for the 10-day course "4.553: How to Train your Robot." For their final project, Jia and Chang flushed out some of the technical details for one of Chang's conceptual architecture studio projects.