Founded by Albert Nubiola in January 2015, RoboDK is a spin-off company from the CoRo laboratory at ETS University in Montreal, Canada, one of the most prestigious robotics labs in Canada.
RoboDK launched when the first customer, a New Zealand-based manufacturer, wanted to use RoboDK to calibrate an ABB robot for robot milling.
The CoRo lab is equipped with many industrial robots and focuses its activities on applied research.
At launch, the RoboDK library supported 200 robots from more than 20 robot manufacturers. RoboDK has grown quickly and is now used by companies of all sizes from startups to the world's largest corporations.
RoboDK now offers an extensive library of over 900 robots from 50 robot manufacturers. RoboDK is currently based in Canada and Europe and has more than 50 partners around the world. RoboDK has thousands of active users.
In 2017, a team at NASA's Langley Research Center, in Virginia, USA, was tasked with developing an automated inspection system for composite aircraft fuselages.
The researchers settled on a cobot-based solution using a UR10 from Universal Robots and RoboDK software for simulation and offline programming.
In 2019, building on the success of the original project, NASA unveiled a multi-robot inspection system that uses two synchronized cobots to perform line scan tomography inspections on aircraft fuselages.
Designed to facilitate multi-software workflows, RoboDK software enabled the researchers to synchronize 2 robots and incorporate external axes into their simulations.
When Neoset Designs, a New York-based art and digital fabrication studio, was asked to collaborate with music streaming service Spotify on the RapCaviar Pantheon robot sculpting project, they turned to RoboDK.
Using RoboDK's robotic milling features, the team managed to complete three large sculptures of outstanding rap artists in just 15 days.
Wilder Systems, an automation supplier based in Austin, Texas, USA, developed the first robotic "drive-thru" washing system for aircraft, using RoboDK for robot simulation and programming purposes.
The hardware includes two Fanuc 6-axis robot arms, each mounted on a linear axis and synchronized using a PLC.
A custom post processor was used to allow the synchronization of both robots.
Compared to the 16 person-hours of the manual washing process, this system uses robots instead of people and the entire washing cycle is completed in just 52 minutes. If a person needed to oversee the robot, this would be a time saving of 95%.
Artists Rob and Nick Carter chose RoboDK for their pioneering Dark Factory Portraits project, in which an industrial robot arm, working 'blind' (i.e., without vision sensors), produces fine art portraits of famous artists.
An exhibition of the Carters' was held in the prestigious Ben Brown Fine Arts gallery, London, from February 12 until April 17, 2020.
|2015||RoboDK works with the first customer, a New Zealand-based manufacturer that used RoboDK to calibrate an ABB robot for robot milling.|
|2016||RoboDK works closely with partners and customers to improve the software.|
|2017||RoboDK 3.0 is launched, bringing several new features and applications; NASA uses RoboDK to build an automated fuselage inspection system.|
|2018||RoboDK adds 4 plugins and automated robot drilling functionality.|
|2019||RoboDK adds automatic collision avoidance, virtual reality capabilities and an Integrated VSCode extension for improved code visualization; NASA dual-robot inspection project unveiled at Langley.|
|2020||RoboDK is available on Android, iOS and Raspberry; becoming the only robot simulation and programming software to support full simulation capabilities on mobile platforms.|
|2021||RoboDK launches TwinTrack, a revolutionary way to program robots by demonstration and easily create a digital twin.|
|2022||RoboDK unveils RoboDK for Web, a light version of RoboDK based on a browser.|
|2023||RoboDK anounces the RoboDK Add-in Marketplace, an ecosystem of extensions that allow you to customize RoboDK for your applications.|