Motion Project Example: Simulated Cartesian Robot

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The following example show how to set a simulated Cartesian robot properties using softMC Configurator and how to make circular movement using it.

Download Example Files

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It's recommended to download the example ZIP file, extract all the project files, open project with ControlStudio, and run the example by yourself. You will find files description table bellow (4.1). The instructions will be listed below. Download.png

System Setup

In this example we used the following system:

  • softMC 7 (you can also use simulated sofMC).
  • Computer with ControlStudio and softMC Configurator.
  • Example files - Programs, setups, properties and more. You can find files description down bellow (4.1)

The motors parameters calculate according to the manufacture formulas as it's appear in the Excel file, although it's simulated system.

softMC Configurator

To upload the example setups to your sofMC Configurator, open the example .mcfg file from the softMC Configurator.

After creating all project files with softMC Configurator or upload an existing project, you can run your robot from ControlStudio or from the softMC Configurator itself.
In this example we will make a circular movement with MC-Basic program, from ControlStudio terminal.

For more information about how to setup Cartesian robot parameters using softMC Configurator - look here

Running The Program and Simulate With RoboDK

To upload the example setups to your ControlStudio, open the example .apj file from the Controlstudio.
When all relevant files upload to your controller, and you opened and connected the RoboDK file as explain HERE, use the following code, from ControlStudio-terminal to run the example:

-->reset all
-->load AUTOEXEC.PRG   'wait until the program will terminate
-->load SERVER.PRG     'After this command -> connect RoboDK model - double click on the Python script symbol - and proceed
-->load CIRCLE.PRG
-->Stas CIRCLE.PRG     'when the program ends, you can find motion record file (CIRCLE.REC) at the controller

Files table With Description

User Files
File Name Description Upload to Controller
Properties table Excel matrix that contain the information that you need to setup your robot.
Notice which information you need to import from your system.
CONFIG.PRG MC-Basic program that define the basic data so that ControlStudio and sofMC Configurator will work. +
HOMING.PRG Execute homing procedure for each axis. +
AUTOEXEC.PRG Execute startPRG.PRG program and HOMING.PRG program. +
CIRCLE.PRG Basic circular movement program +
SERVER.PRG Communication program between ControlStudio and RoboDK file. +
cartXYZ - sim.rdk RoboDK file. +

softMC Configurator files - DO NOT MAKE ANY CHANGE
File Name Description Upload to Controller
AX_SETUP.PRG Axes parameters setup program +
CANSETUP.PRG CANopen communication parameter setup program +
EC_CDHD.LIB EtherCat communication function and subroutine with CDHD library file +
EC_USER.LIB EtherCat communication function and subroutine library file +
ETHERCAT.LIB EtherCat communication function and subroutine library file +
ECCONFIG.PRG EtherCat configuration program +
EC_SETUP.PRG EtherCat communication setup program +
RobLib.LIB Robot function and subroutine library file +
ROBOT.PRG Robot parameter setup program +
STARTPRG.PRG Program that runs all other softMC Configurator programs +
cartXYZ - sim.apj Project file - allowed to load an existing project from ControStudio.
cartXYZ - sim.mcfg Project file - allowed to load an existing project from softMC Configurator.
cartXYZ - sim.dat General project files
cartXYZ - sim.asn
cartXYZ - sim.pse