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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  1. Stuff Made Here

    Stuff Made Here16 ימים לפני

    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

  2. Abood XS

    Abood XS4 שעות לפני

    10:42 could you have a lazer scanner? It might sounds bizarre and easier said than done but there was a video about people moving sand here and there to create hills and then the computer will read the height and create a terrain map on the plane.

  3. James Collier

    James Collier5 שעות לפני

    :55 you are famous. 3 seconds in this montage

  4. MrMoonshiner

    MrMoonshiner16 שעות לפני

    Very cool, but not quite display worthy yet. How about a robot that can put together a jigsaw puzzle, or build a small LEGO set?

  5. Collin MacInnis

    Collin MacInnis20 שעות לפני

    We have a fanuc robot at work... its interfaced on a simple interface... ie... known grid... and a pallet change... I must say... using the robot to push the shuffle around a common axis is innovative to reduce the cost of a seperate drive motor... How you go about asinine ways to explore potential... gives me a chuckle... im not versed in robotics... but you sir have a potential... your intuitive nature will lead you to advancing machine procedures given time... or maybe someone will help Jumpstart your mind where to look... as in waste generated from tool tip... You are one step away form genius... ;) tackle the issue on time... its comparitive... money in... money out. Have a few ideas been floating around for some time. .. 1st rule... let gravity do its job...simple designs can become redundant. From a procedural point of view. Its realizing where to invest the time... What is your motivation? Ya C axis (rotational) with one fixed axis... scale that up... think the bay of fundy... canada.... 60 foot tide... do a coffer dam... re-enforce it... build a lock around it... build concrete floats within that... span the gap inward by a bridge crane... make it tuff as nails... say tower at center to support 1/2 the overhang... So lets say I want a 1000 meter diameter... seems within easy possibility... K bullet points... whats the discharge rate... said locks can disapate water... ideal would be 1 tidal cycle... if we only use a fraction in one stroke... how do we store wasted potential.... basically it boils down to kinetic.... say we want to engineer past limits on drop forge tech as is... go all in... look at it as a all in one... all or none... if you look at a swimming pool... could you not put a upwards force on a float... pin it to a wear plate.... for the linear axis.... drop water level... and said points of final reference... big is not the question... its when we go that way. Why not go deep... we look for fast motions... when we know... torque... rigidity works... so why not go down 5000 meters into the sea... Why not go to the very bottom.... form a pressure vessel at surface... cut into it a conical plug thru... the geometry will self seal by pressure difference alone once applied. So many questions... If its a question of safety... than tackle that... outside of laser and visual... how do you eliminate contact... so its audio?

  6. Steve J

    Steve J4 ימים לפני

    Hey, you should try an offset grinder with the chainsaw blade. You could probably do more intricate cuts. Just a thought. I could NEVER figure out how to do all that you did.

  7. Henry4711LP

    Henry4711LPשעה לפני

    15:25 here is how to make your code go yeeeeeeet

  8. zupacs

    zupacs2 שעות לפני

    What's the name of the sketchboard app used on the ipad?

  9. Fredrik Stål

    Fredrik Stål3 שעות לפני

    Now make one that makes stone statues

  10. DragonArmor12

    DragonArmor123 שעות לפני

    You should make a controller where it automatically adjusts your car to the racing line on a racing game

  11. Jess Harriman

    Jess Harriman3 שעות לפני

    wait...Your sponsor doesn't make industrial robot arms? That's what I'm in the market for.

  12. Max M

    Max M4 שעות לפני

    I absolutely love your channel. I think of you as a genius.

  13. hanswasheiri

    hanswasheiri4 שעות לפני

    Is your wife stoned?

  14. Calvin McFalls

    Calvin McFalls4 שעות לפני

    Local man drills hole in floor to be able to cut a bear out of wood, only for it to catch fire and burn his house.

  15. rmp5s

    rmp5s4 שעות לפני

    "...make it really hard to read and probably break it." Hahaha...story of my life, man. This is why, whenever I get ANYTHING working, I'm SUPER reluctant to touch it again.

  16. Kritarth Mishra

    Kritarth Mishra7 שעות לפני

    What app do you use for making your rough sketches and designs? I have been looking for one to use and haven't made up my mind yet, I find the one that you use to be very simple and convienient, Thanks, and awesome job with the videos!

  17. Marco Vítor

    Marco Vítor7 שעות לפני

    @stuffmadehere Hello, I'm Brazilian and I'm curious: what were you listening to at 14:30 on that upper screen?

  18. hashbang

    hashbang9 שעות לפני

    i feel like you should make a remote controlled soccer ball or a soccer ball that is rigged for your wife to lose

  19. Archie Everett

    Archie Everett10 שעות לפני

    You should see if you can get an mlb player to use the baseball bat!!

  20. Hasim Tordios

    Hasim Tordios11 שעות לפני

    I would love to see you make any superhero suit

  21. Nelson Glover

    Nelson Glover12 שעות לפני

    5:30 wait what? I need to go google that because you're right, it is magic

  22. Kristo Karl Aedma

    Kristo Karl Aedma13 שעות לפני

    Perhaps you can look into 'stochastic gradient descent'?

  23. Sweety_Sheep

    Sweety_Sheep13 שעות לפני

    Anyone knows what's his drawing software ?

  24. Merouani Abd el karim

    Merouani Abd el karim14 שעות לפני

    Ur dawg is a king

  25. Jacob Leinweber

    Jacob Leinweber17 שעות לפני

    This mans power bill... Can’t even imagine

  26. B T

    B T18 שעות לפני

    Waste of time. Nice fail. This was as dumb as your haircut machine. Why don’t do something useful like make a washer/dryer that folds clothes after drying.

  27. D02rock

    D02rock18 שעות לפני

    Do it to a block of ice

  28. Peter Milovich

    Peter Milovich19 שעות לפני

    Things you need to change for next time. Wood choice: Cedar! Its the only wood sculptors use because its the softest and easiest to cut. Also, you have to have OIL on your saw or else it will overheat every time. Love watching your vids.

  29. Ethan Porter

    Ethan Porter20 שעות לפני

    Why are wiener dogs so long?

  30. Raven Gaspar

    Raven Gaspar22 שעות לפני

    Woudln't it be much better if you use an angle grinder for this?

  31. Behnam saeidi

    Behnam saeidi23 שעות לפני

    there is a very easy way to generate gcode for your 3D pattern. approach the problem similar to wood turning. you take the 3D model, pick an angle and project it into a 2D plane (kinda like holding something to sun light and drawing around the shadow). now your problem is to find triangles inside of a an image, there is a greedy algorithm for squares where you set a resolution size and break everything into squares of that size. then you bundle every 4 adjacent square into a larger square. the complexity of your problem also scales linearly with the number of turns you want. This is very scalable as well. this is how GPUs draw fragments.

  32. Rahmen

    Rahmen23 שעות לפני

    “when you have a bolt that’s really stuck, you come over here and break your wrench in half” 😭😭😭

  33. Phil Case

    Phil Caseיום לפני

    Re making wood scupture... You're just going to have to learn how chainsaws cut. It's pretty simple physics, so you should catch on quick. There's a whole lot of guys out here on ILmines with nothing but chainsaw content. One of the biggest factors is probably going to be sharp chains and properly gauged rakers.

  34. Grim reaper

    Grim reaperיום לפני

    Just import a t posing bear into blender add a few bones, do a rough rig, and a rough pose, then done. Not hard to do. Take a few hours at most.

  35. The k0rKal

    The k0rKalיום לפני

    didn't you say that you bought your ipad just for one specific software that only works on ios? Jet you use an win10 device? :) cool vid bro

  36. Youssef Elafifi

    Youssef Elafifiיום לפני

    Could you try to make an automatic dart/bow and arrow shooter? It would calculate the coordinates needed to reach the red dot in the middle, also make sure it's fast to reduce the air resistance effect.

  37. Mo

    Moיום לפני

    Machinists know there is an optimum chip load, speed and feed for cutting different types of materials, depending upon the cutting tool geometry and strength. I am only halfway through the video - hoping that comes to mind.

  38. Joseph Moore

    Joseph Mooreיום לפני

    I hear the Mars drone cost $85M. For a drone. $85M. Sure, it's cold as hell on Mars, and the atmosphere is thin, but, c'mon. I'm betting you could beat that price by an order of magnitude or 2.

  39. jevik freeman

    jevik freemanיום לפני

    this dude is a genius

  40. RogThePirate

    RogThePirateיום לפני

    As a miniature/diorama builder, that much carnage inflicted on XPS foam almost physically hurts me. That said, amazing as always.

  41. zhawn14

    zhawn14יום לפני

    @11:00 I can think of 2 options for the cutting problem. Option (1) is a combination of the 2 original cutting methods; do a best cut line and then do a refining pass like your apple peeler. Option (2) would be to collide a planar perpendicular to the angle you wish to cut; it would something similar to the calculation for magnetic flux to antenna.

  42. The Magic Boy

    The Magic Boyיום לפני

    you didn't throw a bag over the arm to stop it from getting coated or something?

  43. tim g

    tim gיום לפני

    Literally one of the best channels of all. Genius but still very funny

  44. Andras Libal

    Andras Libalיום לפני

    Let's look on the bright side: he put a CHAINSAW on a ROBOT ARM and all he got was a band aid on one of his fingers. Could have been much worse.

  45. yousif el-warfali

    yousif el-warfaliיום לפני

    wife wins

  46. Hatcyon

    Hatcyonיום לפני

    Que brasileiro vendo o vídeo percebeu o que ele tá assistindo no 14:30

  47. Quinn Carver

    Quinn Carverיום לפני

    Hey, I have a chainsaw. They really don’t cut well after just a few hours of use. They need to be sharpened regularly. Take it to your local hardware store. Better yet, by several and have them in rotation - always one sharp. If you are seeing powder or saw dust it’s too dull. If you see miniature ticker tape it’s good and sharp. Thx for the inspiration. QC

  48. Jordan Bennett

    Jordan Bennettיום לפני

    Stuff made here is michael reeves, if he was a grown adult, wholesome, and not addicted to crack

  49. xXave__

    xXave__יום לפני

    Wonder what wife mode would do on this one...

  50. Marco Weber

    Marco Weberיום לפני

    What application is that at 8:28?

  51. Deb Talukdar

    Deb Talukdarיום לפני

    @ 0:53 looking out of your window, is it still snowing over there? Or it was just foggy?

  52. Peter Evans

    Peter Evansיום לפני

    Great video. If you run your ideas past an old lady "The Old Lady Test" approximately 80% of your time can be saved going down non-working paths. You simply state the idea, then, any lady that has made it to 75 years old will immediately tell you what's wrong with that idea. For example, as soon as you showed up with that cedar tree she would have said, "Did you dry it out first?", or "Will that chainsaw I have seen only cut branches actually cut a log?" Also, "Do you really need to write code to know the precise shape when that saw will not cut exactly" or "Why are you using a chainsaw to wittle instead of a chisel and hammer?" or "Why don't you start small and work your way up" Lastly, she would certainly say, "Use pine, it is a soft wood"

  53. Amsterfy '

    Amsterfy 'יום לפני

    17/06/2015 = June 17 2015, I really think you should change that date Stuff Made Here.

  54. Ash no Crash

    Ash no Crashיום לפני

    You Should team up with mark rober

  55. Hang Haam

    Hang Haamיום לפני

    13:01 everyone need that in their house

  56. justin peebles

    justin peeblesיום לפני

    Make the heartbeat sensor from call of duty. You won’t.

  57. Owen Hofman

    Owen Hofmanיום לפני

    could you imagine what the world would be like if everyone was as smart as shane...... just think about it

  58. Mr. Mogo

    Mr. Mogoיום לפני

    anyone know if he sent that lock he made the the lockpickinglawyer? I cant find the vid if he has.

  59. C and me

    C and meיום לפני

    I love how whenever you look at the top monitor you never know what you're going to see, an example that was in this video is just stop having problems stupid

  60. Andrew Zhang

    Andrew Zhangיום לפני

    best gradient ascent explained

  61. Joe D

    Joe Dיום לפני

    The potential in this video also made it that much cooler

  62. IDK Alexander

    IDK Alexanderיום לפני

    5:03 duck

  63. Joe D

    Joe Dיום לפני

    Chuck Norris stopped a chainsaw with his bare hand in a movie

  64. Acecool

    Acecoolיום לפני

    I wanted to add another comment because I had this on the backburner for a little bit and a solution popped in my mind, as a programmer - how would I accomplish this... I don't know much about modeling, and I wish I did, but converting motion capture to g-code wouldn't be super difficult... You could capture the motion of one or more of these chainsaw artists and replicate what they've done. The arm could handle it. The rotational element would be opposite of their movement around the item. And you could get incredibly accurate reproductions by doing this - although they may not like you selling a replica of their making via a robot though, but I'm sure there are a few people willing to try this.

  65. Two2002

    Two2002יום לפני

    Can I join the channel? I’ll work for free

  66. Two2002

    Two2002יום לפני

    Software optimization? Just use c++ instead

  67. Thomas Schratz

    Thomas Schratzיום לפני

    "you should make it out of wood" lmao

  68. Dezient

    Dezientיום לפני

    This guy is honestly living the life

  69. pmK0

    pmK0יום לפני

    What is the name of that note taking app?

  70. ورق جدران اسطنبول Decorations and interior cladding

    ورق جدران اسطنبول Decorations and interior claddingיום לפני

    A dedicated channel for wallpaper..

  71. Acecool

    Acecoolיום לפני

    That actually looks like a cat. The wire one.

  72. Shrikant Kaul Chand

    Shrikant Kaul Chandיום לפני

    Hey, about making the gradient descent work - a nice way I know of is using stochastic gradient descent which is much more likely to converge to absolute min/max since it makes random jumps driving away from local minima/maxima.

  73. David Lowit

    David Lowit2 ימים לפני

    What software do you use for your illustrations?

  74. cheppuku

    cheppuku2 ימים לפני

    is the lockpicking lawyer collab coming?

  75. KroNix

    KroNix2 ימים לפני

    Still waiting for that lock update 👀

  76. samscar _

    samscar _2 ימים לפני

    Not to push but when does the almighty stuff lock meed an unstoppable force

  77. Thomas Bahr

    Thomas Bahr2 ימים לפני

    Wife obviously...

  78. Mack G.

    Mack G.2 ימים לפני

    If I were building a chainsaw wielding robot, my wife would be hiding in a corner with her book too. 😂

  79. TheXstreet Fr

    TheXstreet Fr2 ימים לפני

    "Stand back, I will kill you" genius 🤣

  80. Barry Bencsics

    Barry Bencsics2 ימים לפני

    I think it would be a great idea if you designed a robot for robot wars on ILmines, very popular.

  81. Mariusz Chyliński

    Mariusz Chyliński2 ימים לפני

    You gave these machinery in your garage? ;)

  82. Frank Charles Pedro

    Frank Charles Pedro2 ימים לפני


  83. jsbmx

    jsbmx2 ימים לפני

    Good stuff

  84. Philip Saint

    Philip Saint2 ימים לפני

    Bro, he was watching memes in the background

  85. Dustin Fake

    Dustin Fake2 ימים לפני

    This man is a G with real personality. Love this content.

  86. Günther Lauch

    Günther Lauch2 ימים לפני

    Who dislikes these videos?

  87. Bald Ray Mak

    Bald Ray Mak2 ימים לפני

    10:47 you are already at the max level of smartness

  88. climatebabes

    climatebabes2 ימים לפני

    You can also wire yourself up so that if you touch the saw you close a circuit which kills the saw. This is used in bench saws. Maybe it can be done capacitatively, so if you come to close to the saw its capacitance will increase and this can trigger it to stop

  89. climatebabes

    climatebabes2 ימים לפני

    Welcome to early machine learing. They introduced momentum and simulated annealing..

  90. Unlimited Rory

    Unlimited Rory2 ימים לפני

    If the the chainsaw needs to be edged it will just burn through the wood.

  91. Martin Camitz

    Martin Camitz2 ימים לפני

    Here's an idea. The divine combo of carbon and silicon. Use your setup to manually chip away at the log, restricting your movements with your software model. Ok, maybe clunky unless the robot isn't really flexible. How about this: use a laser to "color" the log where it needs chipping until a dog is all that remains. (Is that a thing? I feel it should be. There is no way no one has thought of it.)

  92. ɹɐǝʍs I ǝƃɐssǝɯ ʇǝɹɔǝs ɐ ʇoN

    ɹɐǝʍs I ǝƃɐssǝɯ ʇǝɹɔǝs ɐ ʇoN2 ימים לפני

    wife is my favorite anime antagonist

  93. Jean Kelly

    Jean Kelly2 ימים לפני ❤️🆂🅴🆇 🅿️🆁🅸🆅🅰️🆃🅴 🅽🆄🅳🅴 😍👌 ❤️ 今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした, ❤️ 在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成%員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙 來調味g食物煮的時候 🤩

  94. David Morar

    David Morar2 ימים לפני

    @Stuff made here, just an idea for using the estop when your in the kill zone. We use a double deadman switch for programing our material handlers. Ours are built into our tech pendants but it wouldn't be hard to make a stand alone one. Basically it's a switch that you hold half way down in order for the robot to move. If something happens and you release the switch it kills the arm and if something scares you and you tense up and push the button further down it'll also kill the arm. It's a pretty safe system. We also use cameras and stuff so that when you are in the work cell or kill zone the robot will only run at half speed. Then once you are outside the kill zone you don't need to hold down the deadman to the halfway position anymore and it returns to full speed.

  95. Math uca

    Math uca2 ימים לפני

    3:39 what is the name of this application?

  96. Autumn River

    Autumn River2 ימים לפני

    U make me feel unprepared for the work word as an eng student

  97. Klaus rasiert sich

    Klaus rasiert sich2 ימים לפני

    @Holzkunst Scholz wäre das nicht was für euch ?

  98. Harris Outdoors

    Harris Outdoors2 ימים לפני

    Can you please send the lock to lpl then we can be satisfied

  99. Buron Krilitas

    Buron Krilitas2 ימים לפני

    this guy is trying to beat mr beats watching dance till your dead for 10 hours 14:29

  100. Tucker Garcia

    Tucker Garcia2 ימים לפני

    SMH hq smh?🤦🏼‍♂️

  101. Chris Mcneill

    Chris Mcneill2 ימים לפני

    Dude, thank you for explaining this to me in a way that I actually understand. I was talking to a friend of mine recently (I'm 28) and we were agreeing that we, pretty much, learned not much of actual worth, in all our years of high school (in the UK). Teaching in the UK is no where near as good as what it should be, and I think it comes down to the teachers themselves. Not one that I can remember, looked interested in the subject they were teaching... From your videos, and your explanations, I learn more than I did while at school. Through you, and others like you in other subjects, I'm filling the holes in my education. Cheers. Love from Scotland.

  102. Etienne Coiffard

    Etienne Coiffard2 ימים לפני

    This comment turns out to become a joke on me. I was trying to figure out what music you were listening to during your programming session around 14:35 (upper screen). And then you change of scene at time 14:42 and I saw your screen with a new page... There, my mind flipped and I thought you were looking at a page with the title: "Why are Dog's Wiener so Long?" It took me five minutes to realized that I am the one with twisted ideas... Well... my bad. So... what music were you listening to by time 14:35? :) :)

  103. Gumba Plays

    Gumba Plays2 ימים לפני

    you are insaaaaane

  104. Frederik Wolf

    Frederik Wolf2 ימים לפני

    make a chessboard that moves a brick, when you move it in a online chess game(you can use magnets).

  105. Deepanshu Rawat

    Deepanshu Rawat2 ימים לפני

    You should use this robot arm to your hair cutting robot And please add upward moving comb in front of suction cup it will allow to cut correct length of hair One more suggestion in front of suction cup don't use that metal sheet use a sensor over there we need comfortable working LOVE YOUR WORK ❤️

  106. AWIE -

    AWIE -2 ימים לפני

    can i ask you question? I HOPE YOU WILL NOTICE ME... WHY ARE YOU VERY SMART? HOW DID YOU DO IT? huhuh tell me i want to invent teleport