Robocrane


Robocrane

The Robocrane is a kind of manipulator resembling a Stewart platform but using an octahedral assembly of cables instead of struts. Like the Stewart platform, the Robocrane has six degrees of freedom (x, y, z, pitch, roll, & yaw).

It was developed by James S. Albus of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), using the Real-Time Control System which is a hierarchical control system. Given its unusual ability to "fly" tools around a work site, it has many possible applications, including stone carving, ship building, bridge construction, inspection, pipe or beam fitting and welding.

External links

* [http://www.isd.mel.nist.gov/projects/robocrane/ Intelligent Systems Division - Research Areas - Projects RoboCrane and TETRA]
* [http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/context/1529294/0 Citations: The NIST ROBOCRANE - Albus, Bostelman, Dagalakis]
* [http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~Xavier/robocrane.html RoboCrane] a page from Carnegie Mellon University
* [http://www.mel.nist.gov/gallery/robo/robo1.htm MEL Gallery Movies RoboCrane]


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