Making chainsaw robot, carving logs

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When I was offered the opportunity to beta test an upcoming robotic arm from Tormach, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. CNC chainsaws baybeeeeee. Aside from being fundamentally awesome, it is a very interesting software problem. Since I didn't have to build the arm I was able to focus the project and the video on the software challenges of making something like this work. Thank goodness I didn't have to build the arm because the software almost killed me. I can imagine all kinds of next steps for this creation like machining textures with the chainsaw or cutting topiaries. I hope you like it!
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  • Hope you enjoy this robot as much as I do 🙂. A big thanks to everyone who helps to make these projects possible through their patreon support. If you'd like to help me make more projects like this (and get more behind the scenes content, an AWESOME discord, livestreams, etc) check out

    Stuff Made HereStuff Made HereVor Monat
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      Stacie MohlerStacie MohlerVor 9 Stunden
    • Hello sir, can you make oxygen concentrator or liquid oxygen generator with household things..if you could ,it will help many people in emergency situation and save their lives...thank you.

      Pro. Shyam Manav Fan ClubPro. Shyam Manav Fan ClubVor Tag
    • Have you sent the lock to LPL or are you still working on it?

      DankyDonkDankyDonkVor 5 Tage
    • I would enjoy it more if you could just send LPL the damn lock you already made. Dude you can’t just say you will then pretend it never happened. Idc if you want to “make a more complicated one” just send him the one you already made ffs I don’t wanna wait 3 years for him to pick it

      JustANobodyJustANobodyVor 6 Tage
    • get Louis Rossmann to talk about Right2Repair please to further inspire your audience:)

      misiu smisiu sVor 12 Tage
  • Is the music at 18:39 an upbeat DE-visions sound library cover of Pink Floyd's "One Of My Turns"?

    Chris RaChris RaVor 29 Minuten
  • Hi, thankyou for the Awesome info-tainment!! I found this company ' engineair ' that makes frictionless, superlight, powerful compressed air powered motors. i thought you could use them with your robotics. if ever you wanted to maybe build a mech suit :)

    Dean KeysDean KeysVor 57 Minuten
  • Bro, you should get some dust extraction for your chainsaw. Health is important.

    josh banksjosh banksVor 3 Stunden
  • Does anyone know a way to avoid the local maximum problem in his software? At 10:23

    MrZapper1960MrZapper1960Vor 5 Stunden
  • How about making a laser sighted sling shot where the laser dot location is predicted.

    Cyrus RamseyCyrus RamseyVor 5 Stunden
  • 10:25 how much is that book

    Stacie MohlerStacie MohlerVor 9 Stunden
  • an omnitrix?

    Tanmay SinghTanmay SinghVor 14 Stunden
  • amazing sum of must be the happiest person on earth..why not richest one?

    Fahad ijaz IjazFahad ijaz IjazVor 16 Stunden
  • Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think of whether they should. ... but if they had, they'd have still done it, because this is FRICKIN' AWESOME.

    Agent VXAgent VXVor 16 Stunden
  • What is the illustration software that is used?

    larsmarklarsmarkVor 18 Stunden
  • Hi. Idea: vid of making car windows go up faster...they're simply too slow for my liking. You could test the limits of acceleration & deceleration of the glass, safety detection of someone's hand, explore most powerful motors that fit. Fastest car in the world = basic. Fastest car windows in the world = engineer.

    mozzavansmozzavansVor Tag
  • i love the sitcom vibes every time ur wife looks into the camera in disgust

  • dog cut from wood i love it

    Rohan RajRohan RajVor Tag
  • My brain cells hurt but can't stop watching your videos,....amazing content.

    Gift MGift MVor Tag
  • YO!! check this out ( [no rick roll YT: Dope Tech: Camera Robots!]) then try again with a gopro attached to the tip. You know how to do the rest, excellent video. Would it be better to move on the console? Xbox controller?

    AlexAlexVor Tag

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  • I was really hoping he was gonna make the machine

    FG PoorFG PoorVor Tag
  • I have zero experience but would it be easier to start with polygonal bear model from Thingiverse or something and just cut the slices to match surfaces(low poly Proly easier)then have your code eliminate the weird inner cuts, finally a surface area version of "don't colour over the lines" code. easier said then done obviously but its just my Idea

    3D_cyClopz _3D_cyClopz _Vor Tag
    • Match plainer slices with the flat parts, kind of a given that it was gonna end up being low poly looking regardless right

      3D_cyClopz _3D_cyClopz _Vor Tag
  • Your gradient descent approach would have to sample the space of possible solutions and basically try for each of those sample and keep the most successful one. An alternative approach could be a genetic algorithm where you have a million small wood cutters that try out all kind of (initially random) series of cuts and you kind of keep the most successful ones where you vary the cut a bit to see if they can become even more successful. Just don't overfit, but you'll figure that out while reading more about it.

    MaggnetMaggnetVor Tag
  • What if instead of a robot arm, you constructed a chainsaw attachment for a modified roomba and used it to cut your lawn?

    conner hartmanconner hartmanVor Tag
  • Hello sir, can you make oxygen concentrator or liquid oxygen generator with household things..if you could ,it will help many people in emergency situation and save their lives...thank you.

    Pro. Shyam Manav Fan ClubPro. Shyam Manav Fan ClubVor Tag
  • To solve the problems when cutting with the tip, just grind a little bit off of the anti kickback depth stops...

    Henning S.Henning S.Vor Tag
  • Hell bro your wife looks like lena paul

    Chanikya .AChanikya .AVor 2 Tage
  • where do i buy useless block v1.0

    WhamboyWhamboyVor 2 Tage
  • amazing teacher

  • Did you try to make the chainsaw light sensitive but you would have a use a dark color and trace it

    xander shaverxander shaverVor 2 Tage
  • Yo dude this creation could end up to be the catalyst for a new movie with Will Smith called "I Robot chainsaw massacre"! 😂 All joking aside you are a freaking genius! Keep up the great projects!💪

    Salvador W. EmpentSalvador W. EmpentVor 2 Tage
  • Woof that was ruufff but you did it!!!

    Jeremy HurtJeremy HurtVor 2 Tage
  • All the past few episodes are perfect length for tv there are even ad breaks kind of built in for a 30 min show do u think that is what they're pitching or is this channel some weird industry plant because he came out of nowhere with low video count huge subs and tormach as a very early sponsor. Idk if it is because he is that great of a creator or if there are other factors but the fact that I can't tell says a lot. I like the vids but I do wonder

    ryan nelsonryan nelsonVor 2 Tage
  • you need bar and chain oil or a chainsaw wont cut wood lol :D

    deafmute420 _deafmute420 _Vor 2 Tage
  • no chain oil.

    Emmanuel4551Emmanuel4551Vor 2 Tage
  • Music name in 19:21 please?

    MaxMaxVor 2 Tage
  • I came here from your videos of 2 home-run bats, and I suggest you to spin the gun bat in the spinning machine....

    복어뮤직 VOCFISH Music복어뮤직 VOCFISH MusicVor 2 Tage
  • "Free" Imagine just the hour cost to have this dude in the room :P

    Nico NicronixNico NicronixVor 2 Tage
  • Dog? I thought she made a cat. Awesome in any case.

    Lord KnightymeLord KnightymeVor 3 Tage
  • HAHA! Esse dog na camisa dele é de um meme brasileiro :D

    Kaio MaiaKaio MaiaVor 3 Tage
  • A bear cut out of wood, you said it cost thousands of dollars, start selling them on eBay for half price, get free wood from a tree services company, sell 30-40 of them and make it profitable

    Stannis BurnsStannis BurnsVor 3 Tage
  • Dude you're Amazing!!! Love ya video's and wish I was 10% as smart as you.. then I'd be 10X smarter than I am now :P

    Bradlei SmithBradlei SmithVor 3 Tage
  • Make an android charger that wont break every time I step on it.

    Notma NameNotma NameVor 3 Tage
  • Please make a video with Michael Reeves 😂 build something together

    XxTownGamersxXXxTownGamersxXVor 3 Tage
  • Your sarcasm reaches new heights smartpants

    SS ienSS ienVor 3 Tage
  • i like ya cut g

    MantisMantisVor 3 Tage
  • "Don't pay attention to what I'm doing" Me: "Alright" *closes DE-visions*

    ElementalOfDarkElementalOfDarkVor 3 Tage
  • Amazing. It would really look better in wood though. You could use an angle grinder with a power carving disk and rewrite the entire code to make it work!

    +Tec+TecVor 3 Tage
  • Wait why is he not working for NASA yet?

    Ya to Lo-fiYa to Lo-fiVor 3 Tage
  • i admire your creativity and work ethic as an engineer. can you design a portable gym that can be dissassembled/assembled easily and can fit in a car trunk and made with basic hardware store items? like a pulley system?

    ewoi asioewoi asioVor 3 Tage
  • Have you ever used Processing? I'd imagine that would work really well for experimenting with algorithms while coding.

    Seth MoeckelSeth MoeckelVor 3 Tage
  • well yes, thats epic, but lpl vs stuff lock

    ian rodriguezian rodriguezVor 3 Tage
  • Which app is he using on the iPad for drawing? Looks useful for me... :)

    LudescasLudescasVor 3 Tage
  • Can you make a drone that spray paints a mural on a wall?

    Sahak MargossianSahak MargossianVor 3 Tage
  • two words... CHAIN OILER

    Cowracer67Cowracer67Vor 3 Tage
  • I know of inverse kinematics from video games!

    TaranTatsuuchiTaranTatsuuchiVor 3 Tage
  • awesome, very interesting, I guess you know that the chains have to be sharpened frequently, and that you don't have to apply too much force when cutting, if it doesn't get too hot, it must be incredibly difficult to find the point of it all.

    Mont CHAlatMont CHAlatVor 4 Tage
  • just sharpen the chainsaw and file down your depth guides then you will be in wood with no worries

    Peak View RangePeak View RangeVor 4 Tage
  • Loved the video. You have a fabulous workshop many would die for...especially if they walked around it.

    H ShoreH ShoreVor 4 Tage
  • "I want my bear to have curves" Stuff Made Here, 2021.

    Robert JarmanRobert JarmanVor 4 Tage
  • Sharpen that chain. Bigger chips = more cooling.

    Supreme Innovations LLCSupreme Innovations LLCVor 4 Tage
  • You're very talented! Would love to see you create a prosthesis or device that can help people with disabilities. YOU CAN DO IT!

    Frmr ChristianFrmr ChristianVor 4 Tage
  • He's more a mechatronics engineer

    MrRawageMrRawageVor 4 Tage
  • you should try this again using some kind of giant dremel instead of a chainsaw

    Just_AbysmalJust_AbysmalVor 4 Tage
  • I suggest using planks of a softer wood assembled similarly to the foam log.

    Calmest GamesCalmest GamesVor 4 Tage
  • I'm sure his wife's hair turned white a long time ago with all the stress he gives her so she just colors it now.

    Andrew A.Andrew A.Vor 4 Tage
  • 2:07 Konami Code!

    DarthfettDarthfettVor 4 Tage
  • Can this baby make ice sculptures?

    Christopher James BlackwellChristopher James BlackwellVor 4 Tage
  • Eagerly awaiting the next video~

    Isabella Electrum - Virtual YouTuberIsabella Electrum - Virtual YouTuberVor 4 Tage
  • Hey, I have an idea for something you can make. I have a vintage Motorola car phone in my 88 Cadillac and I am trying to figure out a way to convert it to Bluetooth so that when my cell phone rings it gets sent to the car phone in the center console and I can receive and make phone calls on the factory brick phone. I can't find anything online in terms of forums, diagrams, or instructional videos. I think that would be a cool project that would get tons of views.

    Brendan FoeppelBrendan FoeppelVor 4 Tage
  • You should do a colab with Michael Reeves.. Plan something together.. It'll be huge 👌

    AkshaiAkshaiVor 4 Tage
  • No one will read this but i did🤣@stuffmadehere

    Deepak PandeyDeepak PandeyVor 5 Tage
  • What he uses to draw other than ipad

    Deepak PandeyDeepak PandeyVor 5 Tage
Making chainsaw robot, carving logs