KUKA|prc

Parametric Robot Control

parametric robot control

MAKING ROBOTS ACCESSIBLE TO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

We’ve created KUKA|prc with the goal of making industrial robots accessible to the creative industry.

As such, members of the Association for Robots in Architecture can use KUKA|prc for free for research and teaching – the yearly membership fee amounts to 350€. Membership extend to all staff and students so that KUKA|prc can also be installed on all private machines, not just in a lab.

KUKA|prc is also increasingly being used in industry at high-end wood fabrication companies, market leaders in the aeronautical industry, and even in nuclear reactors. For these applications, a commercial license is required.

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ACCESSIBLE PROGRAMMING

KUKA|prc builds upon the accessible visual programming system Grasshopper, which is a part of the CAD software Rhinoceros 3D.

It provides the robotic building blocks to directly integrate a KUKA robot into a parametric environment. Instead of writing code, simple function-blocks are connected with each other and the results immediately visualized.

This feedback allows you to quickly move from the programming environment to the robot, or from design to fabrication.

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ACCURATE SIMULATION

We’ve put all of our combined robot experience into developing a fast and reliable robot simulator.

It helps you to quickly verify your robot program and ensure that there are no collisions or unreachable points. A graph maps all the axis movements, allowing you to spot and avoid singularities.

With the immediate feedback you can intuitively solve problems by interacting with your parametric definition and observing the results.

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QUICK OPTIMIZATION

KUKA|prc simulates all robot positions in a short time, giving you access to e.g. all tool positions, all axis values, collision values, IO states, etc.

KUKA|prc is fully integrated into the Grasshopper ecosystem, which allows you to build upon a wide range of algorithms and utilities in your robotic project: Use Kangaroo to find a form, then optimize the toolpaths through Grasshopper’s in-built evolutionary solver Galapagos. Or utilize Hoopsnake for iteratively solving problems.

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MADE FOR KUKA

We’ve optimized KUKA|prc exclusively for KUKA robots, bringing with it a large robot library reaching from small AGILUS robots to the 1-ton payload Titan robot.

KUKA|prc even simulates the new KUKA iiwa, a seven axis robot for direct human-machine interaction.

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EXTENDABLE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

KUKA|prc simulates even complex robot setups with up to four external axes. It can also solve the external axis position by itself, just enter the preferred distance between robot and target (for rail systems) or a 3D-vector (for rotary axes) and KUKA|prc will set the values automatically.

Define your own tools, or use the ones supplied with KUKA|prc.

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DIRECT DEVELOPER SUPPORT

KUKA|prc is built upon our own code and research. As such we can adapt it to your requirements and help you realize even highly non-standard projects.

You can get support either by eMailing robots@robotsinarchitecture.org or by visiting the support forum at forum.robotsinarchitecture.org

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  • FULL VERSION
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    • Enhanced Functionality
    • Support for external axes
    • G-Code-import from Fusion 360, KRL import, 3D-printing Slic3r import
    • Full access to Simulation analysis output for automated optimization/evaluation
    • Support for 7-axes KUKA iiwa robot
    • CAMRob/Sunrise/KUKA.CNC code output
    • RoboTeam support
    • Remote control through mxAutomation
    • … and more

     

    • Early access to new features
    • Direct developer support
    • Updated Monthly

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  • EVALUATION VERSION
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    • Core Functionality
    • Access to robot and tool library
    • Robot simulation
    • Code generation
    • Based on older code
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KUKA|prc for Dynamo Preview

As of October 20th 2018 we are proud to present a public preview of KUKA|prc for Autodesk Dynamo. To encourage testing, we are providing a full-featured license of KUKA|prc to everyone, with a license valid until March 31st, 2019.  The current release is optimized for Dynamo Studio 2017 (Dynamo Core 1.3). Dynamo is available as a free evaluation software.

When testing the software, please expect problems and issues. We are kindly asking you to provide feedback through the Robots in Architecture Forum. You can download KUKA|prc for Dynamo projects from here.

Following the testing period, KUKA|prc for Dynamo will be made available as a free version with reduced functionality and a full version for all members, in parallel to the Grasshopper version at no extra cost.

Download the KUKA|prc for Dynamo Preview
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