By Sam Woodrow and Chris MatyszczykPublished Mar 04, 2019 07:01:25A pair of robots can now crack pipes with their fingers thanks to a jointless system.
The machine, developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, uses a small, lightweight computer-controlled arm to move an arm around the pipe to crack it.
It’s an interesting development that could revolutionize the way pipe-making is done, and could be a big boon for pipe manufacturers.
The machine uses two actuators, each capable of moving the same amount of pipe at the same speed, that are connected by a joint that can rotate and deform.
The joint is a metal plate that slides into a hollow sphere that sits in front of the robotic arm.
The arm can move the sphere by tilting the arm, and it can also be programmed to rotate at a given speed.
A button on the robotic hand can be pressed to select a different joint.
The researchers say that the jointless design eliminates the need for the hand and arm to be physically fixed to the pipe.
Instead, the arm can be easily removed from the pipe and replaced by a hand.
This eliminates the risk of the robot being caught on a moving pipe and potentially causing injury to the operator.
In the future, the researchers plan to make the machine more powerful, which could allow it to crack more complex pipes.
It would also be possible to move the robotic arms around the machine in order to crack pipes, which is also an interesting concept.
According to the researchers, the joint-less design could be incorporated into pipe production for the first time.
“With our work, we are taking the joint to a new level, and opening up the potential for pipe cracking to be a viable technology,” the researchers wrote in their paper.
“This is a key step towards the future of machine-crushing and pipe-laboration.”
The researchers used a combination of machine learning, computational fluid dynamics, and mechanical engineering to create the machine.
It’s one of the first jointless robotic tools that has been built using software, but the technology is still very early in development.
“I think this technology could revolutionise the way we do machine-linking and machine-breaking in the future,” said researcher Michael Linder, one of two authors of the paper.
Linder is also a co-author of a related paper about jointless machines.