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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!
* Low Polygon Labrador Model: www.thingiverse.com/thing:446787
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  1. Stuff Made Here

    Stuff Made Here

    18 dagen geleden

    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 patreon.com/stuffmadehere

    • OFFRaNge_ MaG

      OFFRaNge_ MaG

      12 uur geleden

      What app do you use for the drawings on your Ipad

    • SupR420E FreeFire

      SupR420E FreeFire

      22 uur geleden

      Oi@aswinn aswinn

    • Abood XS

      Abood XS

      Dag geleden

      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.

    • James Collier

      James Collier

      Dag geleden

      :55 you are famous. 3 seconds in this montage

    • MrMoonshiner


      2 dagen geleden

      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?

  2. Dione B.

    Dione B.

    13 minuten geleden

    The Brazilian Dog Dancing KKKKKKKK não esperava ver isso no video

  3. iTeerRex


    30 minuten geleden

    I'm mad at NLcameras for not suggesting this channel to me sooner.

  4. Naldu Pienaar

    Naldu Pienaar

    Uur geleden

    hey, my cim teacher shows your videos each day at the start of class, and everyone finds them enjoyable and entertaining. Could you maybe give Our teacher Mr. Dennes a shoutout from Wilson highschool.

  5. Days Games

    Days Games

    2 uur geleden

    Shane "I'm sure you have seen a CNC machine run" Me "Yea from you"

  6. Omar


    2 uur geleden

    How is it allowed to be this smart. Man needs a nerf

  7. Z O

    Z O

    2 uur geleden

    your chains loose that is also why its not cutting well

  8. Rob Smith

    Rob Smith

    4 uur geleden

    Good job! Probably doesn’t help that your using a pole saw to try carve out a large piece of timber!

  9. rsb


    5 uur geleden

    you can find the highest peak by throwing several guesses at the beginning of the process

  10. MilkCap


    5 uur geleden

    Can you swap out the chainsaw for a router?

  11. Toby Robinson

    Toby Robinson

    6 uur geleden

    I have one of the apple peeler

  12. Rob Marshall

    Rob Marshall

    9 uur geleden

    It'd be cool if you put a Milling bit on the end of it and have all different sizes at the machine can pick up I bet you could mail yourself anything you want including that bear

  13. Bagi Badoo

    Bagi Badoo

    9 uur geleden

    You're like me but with twice as many skill points

  14. Hckytman


    9 uur geleden

    I hope he takes that robot arm and uses it to make his automatic pool stick vs strangers, fully automatic

  15. alan Eduardo

    alan Eduardo

    12 uur geleden

    Vim pelo davy jones Brazil

  16. Janbeersma


    12 uur geleden

    Steepest Ascend hillclimbing with random restarts

  17. OFFRaNge_ MaG

    OFFRaNge_ MaG

    12 uur geleden

    What app dose he yes

  18. Bob Stout

    Bob Stout

    12 uur geleden

    No fair, you have all the fun toyz!

  19. Itazoka


    13 uur geleden

    14:31 tem o meme do cachorro dançando com menino kkkk Gostei da referência

  20. audas


    13 uur geleden

    First idea I had when I saw this was use a drill bit and 3D model - first search result - nlcameras.info/wiki/i5yro5KHzpyX1Zw/video Is there something I missed ? nlcameras.info/wiki/oZ3JmZCH0mPAkno/video

  21. Yh


    14 uur geleden

    send the lock to lockpicking lawyer

  22. Chad


    15 uur geleden

    When the robopocalypse happens and the robots have chainsaw arms, I'm blaming you.

  23. xxKarcyn Jacobxx

    xxKarcyn Jacobxx

    16 uur geleden

    So can u cut a bare out of a human?

  24. Walkboy12


    17 uur geleden

    wasteing wood? (idc btw jk)

  25. shaanbains


    17 uur geleden

    I was making a KiwiCo kit while watchjng

  26. Nigel Adams

    Nigel Adams

    18 uur geleden

    anyone know what ipad app he uses?

  27. Harry Petfield

    Harry Petfield

    18 uur geleden

    The chain looked very slack and give it a sharpen and it may cut better

  28. gullf1sk


    19 uur geleden

    Dude you should make a safe cracking machine like in this video nlcameras.info/wiki/p3rMc3CBtYHOy4I/video

  29. Luiz Fernando Santos Sobral

    Luiz Fernando Santos Sobral

    19 uur geleden


  30. Estevão Gabriel

    Estevão Gabriel

    21 uur geleden

    Quem veio pelo Dava???

  31. Luiz felipe

    Luiz felipe

    21 uur geleden

    Cadê os BR kkkkk

  32. Rehman Srusuw

    Rehman Srusuw

    21 uur geleden

    Tony stark in a nutshell 🤣

  33. uma vez eu persisti,. na outra nem tentei

    uma vez eu persisti,. na outra nem tentei

    21 uur geleden

    Einstein's son

  34. Nicklaus Christofono

    Nicklaus Christofono

    22 uur geleden

    Subscribed, ur simply brilliant bruh.

  35. Matheus


    22 uur geleden


  36. Lucca


    22 uur geleden

    Alguém aq veio pelo vídeo do Davy Jones? Kkkkkkkkkkk

  37. Leonardo Galdino

    Leonardo Galdino

    22 uur geleden

    Vim pelo davy jones

  38. Isaac Stanley

    Isaac Stanley

    23 uur geleden

    don’t really know if it would work but just spit balling but what if you just made a cylindrical chainsaw but instead of spikes it was really gritty sand paper it would work on the same structure on the spinning shaft and at the end it was an upside down bowl with the same sand paper on it.

  39. NightSkyACC /\

    NightSkyACC /\

    23 uur geleden

    Why doest he just program it in a software how he would like to cut the log like at the begining with the metal he is jzst complicating things

  40. NightSkyACC /\

    NightSkyACC /\

    23 uur geleden

    I am sure you could make it all automatic and sell the bears all day long and make hella profit it just takes time to set it all up

  41. Wookieegonewild


    Dag geleden

    You remind me of Joe Pera. Not a bad thing, just can't help but hear him in your videos. lol

  42. Mike Jones

    Mike Jones

    Dag geleden

    I don't quite understand how you would use a rapidly exploring random tree for this problem. I understood this approach for path planning, but I don't see how it would apply for taking consecutive cuts from a square.

  43. Fredney


    Dag geleden

    14:29 thought i was the only one who listened to dance till your dead while programming xD

  44. john smith

    john smith

    Dag geleden

    a bunch of balls in an array would be less likely to find a false summit

  45. Candra Sniper

    Candra Sniper

    Dag geleden

    How much that robot arm cost?

  46. Short animation

    Short animation

    Dag geleden

    this guy is genius

  47. claudio tartagni

    claudio tartagni

    Dag geleden

    U are a genius.....i so jealous.why are i so stupid

  48. Wolf Gecko

    Wolf Gecko

    Dag geleden

    Dancing pug tho

  49. Jesper Hall

    Jesper Hall

    Dag geleden

    She made a cat

  50. José Alfonso Guerrero

    José Alfonso Guerrero

    Dag geleden

    Can someone tell me what tablet is he using?

  51. Fity Bux

    Fity Bux

    Dag geleden

    My BS pole saw chainsaw also nearly refuses to cut wood. I think it's just a really poor blade design. (Maybe on purpose to prevent injury or something?) I think to know how fast you can cut into wood, you'd need to constantly measure the chainsaw temperature and slow down if too hot, and constantly lubricate it. Also, your gradient decent stuff seems very similar to regular machine learning. Have you considered turning this into a sort of game, then getting the machine learning to beat the game? (Where the score is based on how much of the final model is isolated/trimmed perfectly. Then, negative score is given for making wrong cuts. That way, it can even learn things like the size of the blade and such.) Also, if you're not an expert at all this machine learning stuff, have you considered posting the problem on Kaggle (with a reward) and letting the internet crowdsource a way to perfectly cut using this chainsaw? This seems like a machine learning problem where there is a definite solve-able thing. (That's not always the case with machine learning.)

  52. Andy Mei

    Andy Mei

    Dag geleden

    can we just appreciate his reference to taylor swift at 16:26??!

  53. brady_boy 26

    brady_boy 26

    Dag geleden

    This is cool and all but when the LPL collab

  54. Da.shArk87


    Dag geleden

    What about the lock for LockPickingLawyer??

  55. Max Mussdermann

    Max Mussdermann

    Dag geleden

    This is such a cool project! The problem you had with the blade not beeing able to dive into the wood could probably be fixed by using a carving blade. The tip geometry there is different (its pointy) to be able to "stab into" the wood without kickbacks. Also please have a better look on your chain tension (it was very lose at the videos end) as you will otherwise kill someone randomly by a chain flying around.

  56. Snoopdogksa


    Dag geleden

    Hello What happened to the lock challenge im looking forward for what you will make

  57. Dean Jr.

    Dean Jr.

    Dag geleden

    “I’m sure there’s someone really smart that can make this thing work.” Bruh you’re like the smartest person on earth.

    • Always Radical

      Always Radical

      20 uur geleden

      I think he's talking about the .001%, ie: Tesla

  58. Kenton Upton

    Kenton Upton

    Dag geleden

    Safety chain! 🤣🤣🤣

  59. Louis L

    Louis L

    Dag geleden

    dude, you have the coolest toys. very entertaining! (not an anti kickback tooth tho)

  60. Henry4711LP


    Dag geleden

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

  61. zupacs


    Dag geleden

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

  62. Fredrik Stål

    Fredrik Stål

    Dag geleden

    Now make one that makes stone statues

  63. DragonArmor12


    Dag geleden

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

  64. Jess Harriman

    Jess Harriman

    Dag geleden

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

  65. Max M

    Max M

    Dag geleden

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

  66. hanswasheiri


    Dag geleden

    Is your wife stoned?

  67. Calvin McFalls

    Calvin McFalls

    Dag geleden

    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.

  68. rmp5s


    Dag geleden

    "...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.

  69. Kritarth Mishra

    Kritarth Mishra

    Dag geleden

    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!

  70. Marco Vítor

    Marco Vítor

    Dag geleden

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

  71. rory


    2 dagen geleden

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

  72. Archie Everett

    Archie Everett

    2 dagen geleden

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

  73. Hasim Tordios

    Hasim Tordios

    2 dagen geleden

    I would love to see you make any superhero suit

  74. Nelson Glover

    Nelson Glover

    2 dagen geleden

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

  75. Kristo Karl Aedma

    Kristo Karl Aedma

    2 dagen geleden

    Perhaps you can look into 'stochastic gradient descent'?

  76. Sweety_Sheep


    2 dagen geleden

    Anyone knows what's his drawing software ?

  77. Merouani Abd el karim

    Merouani Abd el karim

    2 dagen geleden

    Ur dawg is a king

  78. Jacob Leinweber

    Jacob Leinweber

    2 dagen geleden

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

  79. B T

    B T

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  80. D02rock


    2 dagen geleden

    Do it to a block of ice

  81. Peter Milovich

    Peter Milovich

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  82. Ethan Porter

    Ethan Porter

    2 dagen geleden

    Why are wiener dogs so long?

  83. Raven Gaspar

    Raven Gaspar

    2 dagen geleden

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

  84. Behnam saeidi

    Behnam saeidi

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  85. Rahmen


    2 dagen geleden

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

  86. Phil Case

    Phil Case

    2 dagen geleden

    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 NLcameras with nothing but chainsaw content. One of the biggest factors is probably going to be sharp chains and properly gauged rakers.

  87. Grim reaper

    Grim reaper

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  88. The k0rKal

    The k0rKal

    2 dagen geleden

    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

  89. Youssef Elafifi

    Youssef Elafifi

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  90. Mo


    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  91. Joseph Moore

    Joseph Moore

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  92. jevik freeman

    jevik freeman

    2 dagen geleden

    this dude is a genius

  93. RogThePirate


    2 dagen geleden

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

  94. zhawn14


    2 dagen geleden

    @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.

  95. The Magic Boy

    The Magic Boy

    2 dagen geleden

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

  96. tim g

    tim g

    2 dagen geleden

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

  97. Andras Libal

    Andras Libal

    2 dagen geleden

    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.

  98. yousif el-warfali

    yousif el-warfali

    2 dagen geleden

    wife wins

  99. Hatcyon


    2 dagen geleden

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

  100. Quinn Carver

    Quinn Carver

    2 dagen geleden

    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