Within RML, the PI has the necessary equipment and resources to carry out experimental work in robotics from preliminary mechanical, electrical and software design, to fabrication/assembly and integration, to full-scale implementation and testing. Specific manufacturing equipment in the lab
includes: 1) a private Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer for manufacturing plastic components for prototypes, 2) a Granite 1324 IMAX Metric 3-in-1 mill/lathe/drill press for quickly manufacturing and modifying components in the lab when necessary, 3) an Othermill CNC Mill for manufacturing small-scale metal components, and 4) a Full Spectrum P2416+ laser cutter for manufacturing laser cut plastic components.
Available electrical equipment in RML includes a variety of diagnostics and measurement equipment, including cameras, data acquisition systems, signal spectrum analyzers, signal generators, power supplies, multi-meters and oscilloscopes. The PI also has an ElevenLab Printed Circuit Board (PCB) prototyping machine to fabricate electromechanical components, as well as soldering and spot welding systems. This equipment enables the full design, prototyping and integration of electrical subsystems.
In terms of existing robotic systems, RML currently houses several cable and rod-driven continuum robotic test platforms, several serpentine tail prototypes (universal-spatial robotic tail, roll-revolute-revolute robotic tail, discrete modular tail), a prototype spatial tracking system, a fully integrated hybrid mobile robot, several haptic glove prototype systems, a Novit Falcon haptic interface, a Geomatic Touch haptic devices, several docking mechanisms for modular and reconfigurable robotics, a prototype spatial tracking system, an RC helicopter instrumented for ship air wake measurement.