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Key challenges in robotic systems are that robots are expensive and they usually depend on batteries. What if you want to run an experiment with 100 robots, running for 10 hours? Clearpath Robotics, which works in unmanned vehicle robotics for research and development knows these questions all too well.

To address such concerns, Clearpath’s Robot Operating System has built-in support for robot simulation. While this works quite well, it is currently unable to simulate physical properties such as batteries, temperature, or surface roughness. “If your robotics research depends on accurate models, you may want to consider looking at MapleSim – a high-performance physical modelling and simulation tool developed by Maplesoft,” noted Ilia Baranov, senior electrical designer of Clearpath Robotics.

“Using MapleSim, we created a video of the Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle taking an open loop control path around a surface. Elements such as current and voltage provided by the batteries, surface slipperiness, and weight distribution play a role in where the Grizzly actually ends up. The graphical representation in MapleSim is easy to understand and quick to modify…

Read the full story above in From Months to Days – a collection of Maplesoft customer application stories.

Maplesoft

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft™, a subsidiary of Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd. in Japan, is the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science, and mathematics. Its product suite reflects the philosophy that given great tools, people can do great things.

Maplesoft’s core technologies include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary system-level modeling techniques. Combined, these technologies provide cutting-edge solutions for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.

Maplesoft’s products help to reduce errors, shorten design times, lower costs, and improve results. The Maplesoft product suite includes Maple™, the technical computing and documentation environment, and MapleSim™, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool for physical systems.

Engineers, scientists, and mathematicians use Maplesoft products to enable them to work better, faster, and smarter. Maplesoft’s customers include Ford, Bosch, Boeing, NASA, Canadian Space Agency, Canon and Motorola, covering sectors such as automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, energy, financial services, consumer products, and entertainment. With Toyota, Maplesoft founded the Plant Modeling Consortium to promote the development of new design techniques for automotive and related industries.

Visit www.maplesoft.com to learn more.

About Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd.
CYBERNET SYSTEMS in Japan provides world-class solutions and services in the CAE and IT areas. For more information, visit www.cybernet.co.jp/english/

 

 

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