The UR10 cobot offers artistic freedom
To continue their exploration and accomplish their goals, as well as those of their clients, Anner and Brevet purchased Universal Robots’ UR10. With the UR10, AATB has the freedom to engage in a variety of projects: create its own designs, many of which are featured in exhibitions throughout Europe; collaborate with other artists and designers on custom manufacturing tools, programming for graphics, and printing techniques; conduct research on robots being used as a creative tool for companies, schools, and art organizations; and to teach workshops at design and art schools. In fact, the studio is currently in Residence at Atelier Luma in Arles, France. For their projects and ventures, AATB relies on the stability, flexibility, and ease-of-use that comes with incorporating the UR10.
Reputation ruined if cobot breaks
“When one of our installations is in a venue where tens of thousands of visitors come to see what we’ve created, it needs to work,” says Brevet. “If something goes wrong, our reputation is ruined. Simple as that. We learned very quickly that we could count on the UR10’s predictability. It’s also portable and pretty much anyone can use it, so taking it from place-to-place and event-to-event is a breeze. With so many factors involved in our projects, cobot functionality is never one of our concerns.”
Teaching workshops at design and art schools has been a major focus for AATB, and using the UR10 “is a fantastic teaching platform,” says Brevet. For these classes, they teach not from a technical standpoint, but from a conceptual one. The objective is to encourage students to think “outside the box” when it comes to incorporating the cobot into their design concepts. Not only are students asked to focus on what the cobot will allow them to do, but they’re also asked to think about robotics in their daily lives – even when it comes to something as basic as teaching it to help you drink Red Bull.
The workshop starts with the UR Academy
In other words, what will the future look like when robots are even more integrated into society? Using open-ended questions such as this, along with access to the UR10, Anner and Brevet are seeing some of the most creative ideas for the UR10’s use come to life.
Notes Anner, “When we begin a workshop, the first thing we do is point our students to the UR Academy for training. It’s so intuitive that after a couple of hours of review, they feel confident enough to begin. People who never thought they could use these machines before are now writing programs themselves within a matter of hours. By the end of the day, they’re working with the robot and sketching out more ideas. By the end of the week, they have an actual working prototype.