Archive for August 1st 2011
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For the love of robotics, community members are designing some pretty incredible VIs! This week we’re featuring community member MarcoPolo5, who developed a VI that allows you to simulate a robot using a tree control and 3D picture control. The program uses a parent-child relationship between its elements, meaning if a translation or rotation is applied to the parent object, it will automatically have the same effect on all the connected child objects. Front panel joint controls are available for manually manipulating joints, and can also be linked to a secondary program for path simulations. The current element object types supported are sphere, box, cylinder, cone, and CADfiles (ASE, STL, and VRML). Click on the link below to get the code and further operating instructions!
>> Download the code here: Robotics and 3D Object Simulator
NI has announced LabVIEW 2011, the 25th-anniversary version of the award-winning system design software. LabVIEW accelerates the productivity of engineers and scientists who develop and deploy measurement and control systems to solve some of the world’s greatest engineering challenges.
The latest version of LabVIEW increases development efficiency with new engineering-specific libraries and its ability to interact with almost any hardware device or deployment target. It also supports assemblies built in the latest Microsoft .NET Framework.
Other time-saving functions in LabVIEW 2011 include:
- Quickly develop visually striking, contemporary user interfaces with a new Silver palette of controls and indicators
- Reuse code with support for the latest .NET assemblies, .m structures and new Xilinx IP for the LabVIEW FPGA Module
- Achieve up to five times faster loading, wiring, editing and compiling of FPGA code
- Programmatically build and distribute executables to targets
- Spawn asynchronous threads to create multithreaded applications more quickly with a new communication API