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Proceedings of CAD'14, 2014, 183-185
Virtual Robot Control by LabView® SolidWorks® and Data Acquisition Systems Connection

David Espinosa, Alfredo Santana, Allan Burke, Luis A. Garcia, ITESM Toluca

Abstract. The research describes the use of a virtual environment using LabView® and Solidworks® to simulate the behavior of a robot, which is controlled by LabView® software,  Data Acquisiton Systems (DAQ), Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) of National Instruments, microcontrollers and a Wii® controller (Wiimote), the latter connected by Bluetooth.  The accelerometers in the controlling hardware were used to move the virtual joints of the modeled robot in SolidWorks®.  This design has been developed to be used within the facilities of an Automotive Engineering Research Center during crash safety tests.  The purpose of this system was to accomplish improvements during the tests such as a reduction in the setup and acquisition time to locate targets for impact tests.  As a consequence, a better understanding of the manipulation of the robot was gained.  This resulted in an increase in the confidence interval and improved the accuracy of the test results that can be used for a better assessment of the safety test of motor vehicles.  This work has been developed for implementation in the Safety Vehicular Area of an Automotive Company in Mexico.  This specific area has the responsibility to develop solutions, engineering designs, equipment tools and tooling to meet the requirements of the necessary standards.  Currently, the Safety Laboratory has specialized equipment to perform the tests on vehicles under FMVSS regulation.

Keywords. LabView®, SolidWorks®, FANUC®, Robot, Wii® controller

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2014.183-185