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RWTHx: Introduction to Robotic Programming

This course provides an in depth introduction to parametric robot control. In this course you will learn how to use KUKA|prc for customization, simulation and optimization of robot code within the Rhino3d/Grasshopper digital environment for modeling and visual programming. This course is a great first step in your journey to working with robots, providing lectures, examples, and tutorials to grow your skills in automation and robotic fabrication!

Introduction to Robotic Programming
8 weeks
3–4 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
Free
Optional upgrade available

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Starts Apr 12
Ends Dec 11

About this course

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Welcome to the world of robotic fabrication!

In this course you will learn how to create design-to-production workflows, linking parametric models to mass customized robotic fabrication processes. This course in Robot Programming is a design-oriented experience, exploring automated fabrication and mass customization. The goal is for you to achieve a thorough understanding of how robotic technology can be integrated into computational design and production for Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC).

This course teaches parametric design for robotic fabrication utilizing KUKA|prc, Rhino and Grasshopper. By following lectures and tutorials you will explore concepts in automation and algorithmic design. In advancing your knowledge of the Rhino modeling software and Grasshopper visual programming environment, you will learn to leverage parametric approaches to robotic control, building workflows for design, simulation, visualization and optimization. This course is focused on the KUKA|prc software for parametric robot control, an accessible tool for increasing access to automated production. KUKA|prc, built by the Association for Robots in Architecture, is used around the world in academic and industrial settings to enable new approaches to digital production.

The goal is to enable you to build design to production workflows so that robotic fabrication can be integrated into AEC projects at the earliest design stages. By learning about the potential of robots in construction and the constraints of automated processes we aim to enable you to work closely with robots to build projects in innovative new ways.

No previous knowledge in Rhino and Grasshopper needed. Join us as you start your exciting journey in robot programming.

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  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English

What you'll learn

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- Applied understanding of the KUKA|prc parametric robot control software
- Understanding of the Rhino and Grasshopper interface
- Digital modeling, from simple geometry to complex parametric structures
- Moving a robotic arm in a digital environment with collision detection
- Picking and placing single and multiple elements
- Programming assembly sequence iterations
- Visualization of dynamic processes
- Animation for automated assembly
- Introduction to Structural analysis and optimization
- KUKA|prc for subtracting manufacturing
- Evolutionary optimization for process improvement
- Working with external axis
- & more!

Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners residing in one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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