This module is designed to cover the fundamentals of manipulators, links, and joints. A discussion of kinematics and haptic technology is presented, as well as dextrous manipulation, and an overview of the basic coordinate systems for a robot manipulator. The theoretical and practical aspects of manipulators and spatial analysis are introduced in this module using a combination of video, animation and a laboratory projects and featuring Robotics simulation software.
- Name the most common type of manipulator.
- Differentiate between robot links and joints.
- Define major axes and minor axes.
- Explain the purpose of kinematics in robotic systems.
- Describe screw theory in kinematic applications.
- Name the three types of revolute joints.
- Define haptic technology.
- List the four general categories of robotic manipulation.
- Differentiate between velocity manipulability and velocity workspace analysis.
- Describe the function of dexterous manipulation.
- Name the three basic co-ordinate systems for a robot manipulator.
- Explain the operation of a gantry robot.
- List six end effectors used in industrial robotics.
- Determine the shape of a work envelope.