IAAC – Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction
Hardware I seminar
Faculty: Angel Muñoz, Shahar Abelson


Credits: Soft Robotic Gripper


In this course the students will be introduced to the open source ecosystem that has unleashed human creativity and has allowed a fast growth of costly and complex systems with a lower budget and more friendly learning curves. Also we will walk through the main differences between open source hardware and industrial proprietary software.

By learning how to control different actuators like motors, solenoid valves, pneumatics, relays, electromagnets this seminar will cover how to develop hardware projects, in particular end effector tools, covering the whole process including research, prototyping and documentation. To control the robotic arm, the custom end effector tool and the digital I/O on the robot controller the students will have an introduction to Grasshopper’s Robots plugin.

Credits: Sewing Robot

Learning objectives

The objective of the seminar is to give an overview of the state of the art in robotic actuation, discuss the practical implementation of such actuators, and brainstorm how these actuators  and the robotic arms could bring new levels of versatility, agility and efficiency to the production and construction processes.

At course completion the student will:

  • Learn how to use micro-controllers and embedded systems
  • Learn how to control different actuators like motors, relays, electrovalves, and more
  • Control the ABB robot arm and custom end effector using GH Robots plugin