History

How it started

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.

ETS University

Testing before the first release

The CoRo lab is equipped with many industrial robots and focuses its activities on applied research.

CoRo Robotics Laboratory

Evolution

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 600 robot arms from 50 robot manufacturers, more than 50 partners around the world and thousands of active users.

RoboDK Library

Success stories

NASA

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.

Dual robot inspection at NASA
Inspection with RoboDK

Spotify

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.

Robot machining

Aircraft

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 lear 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%.

Aircraft washing
Aircraft washing with RoboDK

The Carters

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.

Lights out Robot Painting

Company Timeline

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.

Team

Albert Nubiola
CEO

Jeremy Brouillard
Product Manager

Flore Cachera
Marketing

Danielle Hickey
Human Resources

Phillip May
Software

Xiaoyin Guan
Software

Samuel Bertrand
Software

Olivier Allard
Software

Jason Luong
Software

Alejandro Silva
Software

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