There is now a more accurate way to simulate robots in action before they’re put to work, thanks to new software developed by Microsoft and DS SolidWorks. The new simulation capability helps companies program robots more quickly and effectively.
With Microsoft RDS, you can incorporate 3D CAD models designed in SolidWorks software and simulate robot operation more accurately.
Users of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 (Microsoft RDS) will be able to directly incorporate 3D CAD models designed in SolidWorks software into Microsoft’s Visual Simulation Environment (Microsoft VSE) and accurately simulate their operation. Robotics developers can correct any robotic application issues early. The solution takes advantage of the fact that both applications support a common XML format, COLLADA, for rendering 3D objects and motion. A demo of the system is available now at SolidWorks Labs, and for download.
You can download the free SolidWorks/Microsoft RDS integration software, export a SolidWorks robot design into Microsoft VSE, develop the robotic application, then simulate the robots’ operation prior to deployment. The integration preserves dimensions, constraints, mass properties, motors, springs, colors, textures, and more from the SolidWorks model. Download from http://labs.solidworks.com/
“The worlds of machine design, mechatronics, and robotics are converging, and this first-of-its-kind partnership is just one way we’re supporting the convergence,” said Fielder Hiss, director of product management at DS SolidWorks.