Teaching a robot to sand furniture (Nordbo Mimic Kit and UR Cobot)
Some tasks have historically been extremely difficult to teach to robots. Often this is simply because programming a robot to perform them is so laborious. In the case of sanding new pieces of furniture, the number of movements and minute changes in orientation is very high. With the Nordbo Mimic Kit, this kind of delicate task can be taught rather than programmed. In this instance, a cobot from Universal Robots is taught how to sand down a piece of furniture in a smooth and natural way. As the name implies, the UR cobot is simply mimicing the movements that it learned from a human operator. This mode of programming allows the robot to make more human-like movements and be far more easily reprogrammed and redeployed for new tasks.