Key Mistakes to Avoid When Rapid Prototyping Robot Parts
Rapid prototyping is emerging to be a vital option among most robot companies seeking prototypes. Robots operate through code, which we humans create. These highly complex machines easily and quickly take up plenty of workloads. Moreover, they can do almost impossible tasks with relative ease. This allows us to save time and cut costs on non-essential staff. Robot systems serve varying roles in the industrial set up. They are vital in controlling, loading, and surveying different processes. Therefore, it is crucial to have a proper prototype before committing to producing the final product. However, some designers get problems when dealing with robot prototyping.
How To Avoid The Common Robot Prototyping Mistakes
Going Overboard on the Design
Prototype designers try to make prototypes that are both functional and appealing. Sometimes, they forget and try to do the same when designing rapid prototypes. Therefore, they end up with complex surfaces of robotic casing. This makes it tasking for robot prototyping manufacturers. They sometimes end up taking half a year to achieve the required level of details. Moreover, machining the part becomes a whole other level of expertise.
Designers of rapid prototypes must strive to make the design as simple as possible. The common mistake in robot rapid prototyping is wasting precious time on aesthetic surfaces. First, simply pick a block of plastic of the same weight and size. Proceed to mount the electronics then check if the parts move. Even if it is for a few runs, it should be enough to satisfy the test run. In any event, we pay more attention to the final product.
Placing Emphasis on the Prototype Functions
Since modern robots have multiple functions, the final design ends up being very complex. Therefore, it is tasking to fit all the parts in when rapid prototyping of the robot. As a result, they end up spending valuable time adding this and that. Moreover, they waste more time on upgrading non-essential parts or fixing them. Meanwhile, the prototype picks up dust in the production center. This brings to halt further progress on the final product.
Rapid prototyping robot parts need not be perfect. Mainly, they function to shed light on one or two features about the final product. For instance, clients may want to check the weight that a robotic hand can lift. Also, they may simply want to know the optimum height it can lift a weight. Therefore, it does not make any sense to add detection cameras onto the prototypes. This also applies to want to add clamping mechanisms. At Creatingway, we use screws to fix the weight onto the robot prototypes. It is simple enough to do. Luckily, upon completion and approval of the simple robot rapid prototype, we can make it crispier.
Forgetting About Standard Parts
Most robots comprise of a mixture of complex software and hardware. Even in the most complex of setups, the prototypes should never miss a few key features. For instance, a robotic hand must have strong metal fingers. However, the fingers should only have minimal grip strength. This prevents it from damaging the part it is holding.
Robot companies prefer coming up with patentable working parts. These include control systems and computer vision parts. Clients prefer having an original design. However, the contrary is true when rapid prototyping a robot part. The more time manufacturers spend making a custom part, the less time will be available to test it. Therefore, it is critical never to forget about the standard parts. We can make an array of robot prototypes using controllers, servo engines, diodes, and cameras. They allow us to save money and time when making custom parts for robot prototypes. Moreover, we can add them to your original design, thereby lowering the robot’s price.
Utilizing Robot Tools that are not needed
Prototype developers often have their set of tools they use when developing parts. Normally, most of them use a default set of tools in most jobs. For instance, we at Creatingway use CNC machine tools when rapid prototyping. However, we do not have to use CNC machining for every case. Sometimes it is easier and better to use other rapid prototyping methods. Luckily, we have additive manufacturing methods like 3D printing at our disposal. It allows us to avoid the hassle of writing a CNC program for that prototype.
With the wide array of modern manufacturing methods available, it is vital to assess the viability of their use. We strive to develop parts with our hands in the least amount of time. Manufacturers sometimes opt to make cardboard casings for robot prototypes. This is usually the case when displaying the concept of a robot prototype. It makes little sense to develop durable parts for short-lived models. It helps reduce wastage of resources, which we can channel to the final product. Contact us now for expert rapid prototyping services.
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