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Topics => Robotics => Topic started by: jeffmorris on Feb 03, 2013, 02:53 am

Title: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: jeffmorris on Feb 03, 2013, 02:53 am
Are there programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: Osgeld on Feb 03, 2013, 03:19 am
yes they are cad programs and can range from free to slap your momma expensive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer-aided_design
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CAD_editors_for_AEC

also most 3d modling programs will provide the tools needed to make a scale model

anything involving 3D and measurements will have a steep learning curve, but its not impossible

Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: CrossRoads on Feb 03, 2013, 03:45 am
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slap your momma expensive

Big chuckle from me on that one!
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: jeffmorris on Feb 03, 2013, 12:47 pm
What about 3D modeling programs such as 3D Studio MAX and 3D game engines such as Unity 3D, CryEngine, and UDK? I tried to use Microsoft Robot Studio and V-Rep Pro (http://coppeliarobotics.com/) but I don't know how to use them.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: michinyon on Feb 04, 2013, 07:51 am
Are you trying to create a functional model  or just a 3-d picture of a robot ?
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: jeffmorris on Feb 04, 2013, 12:13 pm
I am trying to create a functional model before building the robot.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: AntR on Feb 05, 2013, 01:38 pm
How about Webots: http://www.cyberbotics.com/overview  There is a free time limited trial available - after that it's expensive.  You can set it up to simulate robots and environments add various sensors etc.  It can seem quite complex though.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: keeper63 on Feb 06, 2013, 04:07 am

I am trying to create a functional model before building the robot.


What do you mean by "functional model"?

Are you attempting to do a full-on simulation (body, motors, sensors, etc) inside a virtual world with your own design?

Or - are you wanting to be able to see a mechanically correct model that you can move parts on, testing how things fit and scale, etc?

Or - do you want to be able to do both?

Also - what is your budget (both monetary and time)?
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: jeffmorris on Feb 06, 2013, 11:33 am
I want to create a mechanically correct model and simulate it to make sure that it works before building it. I don't have a lot of money for software.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: michinyon on Feb 07, 2013, 08:25 am
It is probably easier to actually build a prototype  than  to create a virtual model that
actually represents how the mechanism works.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: jeffmorris on Feb 07, 2013, 11:46 am
I tried to build a prototype of a robot but I ran out of parts and I didn't make plans for the robot.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: bellbm on Feb 26, 2013, 06:16 pm
It depends on your definition of expensive.  But I have used Pro Engineer (now Creo), Solidworks, UG, NX and some others in the past but for around $5,000 I really like SpaceCliam right now. There is also Alibre which for a personal edition runs $300 or so.  PTC the maker of Pro Engineer/Creo also makes a free version of Creo Direct [/url] http://www.ptc.com/products/creo-elements-direct/modeling-express/.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: Franke on Apr 24, 2013, 03:46 am
Lynxmotion has free cad drawings of specific robot parts that they sell if you have a CAD program for 3D drawings. It won't give you functionality but it's a start. They have many of the drawings in quite a few different CAD formats.

http://www.lynxmotion.com/s-5-ses-3d-models.aspx
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: Stargazer on Apr 26, 2013, 05:19 am

Are there programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?

As for 3D modeling programs...SolideWorks and ProE may be enough for your program. But if you start from scratch I think SolideWorks may be easier to start with than ProE.
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: drewdavis on May 04, 2013, 06:03 pm
Hello,

I'm also looking for a way to make a 3d design of a robot before I build it. However, I don't need the robot to function. Do you know of any free software?
Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: obiwanjacobi on May 05, 2013, 04:53 pm
Why not prototype with cardboard or some other cheap and easy material. I think it much more time/money efficient than trying to create models in expensive software...

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Title: Re: Programs for creating 3D models of robots before building them?
Post by: Franke on May 05, 2013, 05:20 pm
Here's another link for CAD files for Robotis Bioloid servos and frame parts for Solid Works.

http://humanoids.dem.ist.utl.pt/Iden_external/overview.html

Near the top of the page there is a "click here" link to a rar file that contains all of the pieces.