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    Wentworth - Robotic Tooling

    Austin Samson
    Oct 4, '16 11:42 AM EST

    Teaching a class this semester focused on generating and prototyping "end of arm" tools for the department's new 6-Axis Kuka Robotic Arm. Students were given a series of tools (2 finger gripper, hot wire cutters, laser pointers, etc) and were tasked with modeling and 3D printing custom components that attached the different tools to the arm. They are also developing narratives of how the tool will be used with external parts such as material, hoppers, and holders. 

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