I decided to start learning industrial robotics and coding and the community might be able to help. My background is in mechanical design and manufacturing.
During 2018 I will focus learning industrial robots and some API integration in my spare time (like 300-400 hours in one year), all this with the sole propose to build the skills to start my own business around 2020. Industrial robots are amazing to prototype technologies.
I found few potential paths, please advise me here if I'm wrong:
1. RoboDK + RoboDK API (Python)
I like RoboDK, very easy to use, integrates machining and the best open source 3D printing slicer (FDM).
2. ABB RobotStudio + RoboStudio SDK (C#)
Tons of tools.
Note: I don't know if the free basic license will be useful to learn how to simulate and create add-ins for specific functionality with my code.
3. Ros Industrial + C++
Note: never try it, but willing to move to Linux on a virtual machine.
Please keep in mind that there are several other simulation/robot-programming software out there, but I'm focusing on a platform that will let me learn with a free license and let me experiment with my own code. Please feel free to add other platforms that fulfill these requirements.
Let's start the conversation,