Forward Kinematics in Robotics Using Screw Theory

Forward Kinematics in Robotics Using Screw Theory

Can you recall a time when you were frustrated when attempting to compute the forward kinematics for robotic systems? Did you find it frustrating to assign coordinate frames to each link when robots become more sophisticated?  The frustration caused by assigning coordinate frames for each link while solving the forward kinematics of robotic systems using methods like Denavit-Hartenberg is REAL. If your answer to these questions is yes, and you're tired of cumbersome methods like Denavit-Hartenberg to calculate the forward kinematics of robotic chains, this lesson is for you.  The Denavit-Hartenberg is one of the methods to derive the forward…
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Task Space and Workspace for Robots

Task Space and Workspace for Robots

In this post, you will learn about the task space and workspace for robots and understand their difference with the robot's C-space. You can find a comprehensive post about the C-space of the robot HERE. โš ๏ธ This post also has a video version that complements the reading. Our suggestion is to watch the video and then read the reading for a deeper understanding. We saw before that the robot's C-space is the space of all possible configurations of a robot. But what does task space and workspace mean for robots? If you want to learn about task space and workspace,…
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Everything About the Degrees of Freedom of a Robot

Everything About the Degrees of Freedom of a Robot

In this post, you will learn ANYTHING that you've ever needed to know about the degrees of freedom of a robot. You will become familiarized with a general formula to find the degrees of freedom of any mechanism, not just robotic arms. The degrees of freedom of a robot is the dimension of the robot's C-space, which is the minimum number of real numbers needed to represent the robot's configuration. As we saw in the previous post, the robot's configuration is our answer to the question where is the robot? And we also saw different ways to represent the configuration…
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