I.Ca.Ro. (Innovative Cartesian Robot) is the prototype of an innovative parallel kinematics robot developed by the Machine Mechanics Group. The robot kinematics provides the mobile platform with three degrees of freedom of pure translation.
The study focuses on two tests typically used to assess lower limb muscle activity: the Counter Movement Jump and the Standing Long Jump. A simplified analytical model is proposed for estimating the power generated by the athlete.
The MdM group designed and prototyped a reconfigurable spherical joint for parallel robotics applications. In particular, the device was designed as a spherical kinematic pair with lockable axes. The choice of locking alternately one of the revolute axes allows to modify the kinematic behaviour of parallel kinematics machines with reduced mobility (spherical or translational).
i-LABS is an initiative of the Marche Region aimed at strategic innovations for the economic growth and competitiveness of the Marche system. Its purpose is the development and dissemination of the Industry 4.0 paradigms and the technological transfer to the regional industrial fabric. The project includes a laboratory equipped with the most up-to-date enabling technologies of the Industry 4.0 paradigm.
The development of autonomous submarine vehicles (AUVs) with increasingly higher performance, especially in terms of propulsive efficiency, has pushed the research of the MdM group towards the study of bio-inspired robots.
A reconfigurable robot is a machine that can provide different kinematic modalities without changing its mechanical structure. This feature can be used to increase the flexibility of use of the machine.
The MdM team have realized a elastic-dynamic model for continuos systems based of the theory of the deflection screw. This model is been used in a planar five bar robot so that modeling the flexibility of the link so that evaluate the deflection.
Sphe.I.Ro. (Spherical Innovative Robot) is the prototype of an innovative parallel kinematics machine developed by the Machine Mechanics Group. The robot kinematics provides the mobile platform with three degrees of freedom of pure rotation.
Parallel kinematics machines can be subject to significant vibrational phenomena according to their particular kinematic structure and the high dynamic performance often required. Such phenomenon can be analysed numerically, theoretically or experimentally.
The dynamic analysis of multibody systems consists in studying the behaviour of mechanical systems composed of several members, subject to the action of forces of various nature. In some cases, as in the AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles), the modelling of the loads and forces acting on the system represents a real challenge.
In the field of mini-robotics, the MdM group took part in the national Micro Manipulation & Assembly Project, founded by the Italian Ministry of University Education and Research. The MdM group contributed to design a miniaturized parallel kinematics platform of pure orientation.
The MdM group developed competences in the kinematic calibration of manipulators, both in the definition of the kinematic error models and the related numerical algorithms for parameter estimation, and competences in experimental measurement techniques.
The development of simple models, which can quickly supply essential information on the main mechanical quantities involved in the problem under study, is of great interest for the laying of marine pipelines; these models are usually used in the early stages of the project, but also during pipelaying operations, because it is necessary to control the process depending on the conditions of the sea and the ship.