Hybrid Ecologies Lab Turn By Wire Featured in Hackaday

03 Apr, 2020

Hybrid Ecologies Lab Turn By Wire Featured in Hackaday

Enter Turn by Wire, a unique set of force feedback and machine control concepts applied to a lathe brought to you by researchers Rundong Tian, Vedant Saran, Mareike Kritzler,Florian Michahelles, and Eric Paulos at Berkeley.

This technology vastly reimagines the relationship between a user’s control inputs and the machine outputs.

To be more specific, Turn by Wire completes its role in two ways: (1) by changing the mapping between the hand cranks and machine movements and (2) by changing the haptic feedback felt by the machinist. Since both of these interactions can be defined programmatically, the researchers created three unique ways of interacting with the lathe. First, by defining a tool path in the graphic user interface (GUI), the machinist can use a single hand crank to step forward and back in time along that toolpath. Second, by applying virtual guidelines in the GUI, both the machine and the hand cranks will physically snap to the guide lines when they are sufficiently close. Finally, the hand cranks can be used to teach the machinist a technique by adding resistive forces into the hand cranks depending on movement while a machinist is stepping through a process like peck drilling.

To read the full article, please visit here.

To find out more from lead author Rundong Tiang, visit here!