Energid and ModuleWorks bring enhanced motion control to complex robotics

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

ModuleWorks and Energid Technologies have collaborated on a software solution that will add Energid’s adaptive kinematics and collision-avoidance capabilities to ModuleWorks’ optimised toolpath for CAD/CAM robotic systems. This partnership aims to get developers to market faster with differentiated robotic systems for additive manufacturing, welding, machining, CNC routing, and other applications that require control of six axes or more.

ModuleWorks is a software component provider for the CAD/CAM industry, and Energid is the provider of Actin, a commercial robotic software development kit (SDK) and tasking framework for real-time, adaptive motion control.

“The quantity and diversity of robotic applications is expanding at an incredible rate,” said David Plater, technical director of ModuleWorks. “Combining the kinematic engine of Energid and the path planning engine of ModuleWorks will allow powerful solutions to be developed for many of these applications.”

Energid also realised the significant advantages of collaborating with an industry leader firmly entrenched in the CAD/CAM industry. “Actin is especially well suited to solving complex motion control problems,”said Neil Tardella, Energid CEO and co-founder. “Though many of our customers are using Actin to control some of the most complex and challenging robotic systems ever produced, a growing number are traditional automation companies looking to add value and flexibility through higher axis solutions. We were seeking a partner that would complement our offering and give us broader access to this customer base. ModuleWorks, with its industry leading CAD/CAM software, is the perfect partner.”

A major challenge for robotic system developers is how to get the robot to automatically perform a complex task without getting stuck. The flexibility of Actin allows customers to build on the exact motion control capabilities they need to create their own proprietary products. This is an ideal addition to the ModuleWorks range of path planning applications as the combination of these products enables complex applications to be developed quickly and easily.


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