Energid Technologies Corporation recently upgraded Actin, which is software for controlling and simulating robots. Actin 2.0 will enable new robotic designs across industries and support development from conception through productization and fielding. The Actin 2.0 toolkit provides advanced algorithms and software for controlling even the most complex robots, including those with 100 or more degrees of freedom. With only a CAD model, a roboticist can create a powerful control system and immediately test it in simulation. The software supports fixed and mobile robots with any number of moving parts and virtually any kind of articulation. Actin 2.0 optimizes robot motion for strength, improves accuracy, reduces joint torque, recovers from hardware errors, avoids joint limits, and avoids collisions.
The simulation tools in Actin provide revolutionary capability. Exchangeable actuator models include friction, flexibility, power consumption, and torque and speed limits. Articulation dynamics are physically accurate and available through algorithms tailored for fast application to different families of robots. Impact dynamics use multiple contact models, configurable surface properties, and fast and accurate impact detection and response. Actin 2.0 gives the roboticist the tool to answer important questions about new designs before building hardware, all with just a push of a button.
Actin 2.0 also features cross-platform support. Control, simulation, 3D visualization, and networking execute on desktops and embedded systems, with Windows and Linux. Both the Actin C++ toolkit and the Actin 3D viewer work across platforms.
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