Making a log carving robot

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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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  • 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

    Stuff Made HereStuff Made Here6 päivää sitten
    • Please send a styrene dog to the uk for me?

      dan hewittdan hewitt26 minuuttia sitten
    • 11:40 it is also called a DEADMAN Switch ...

      RVingwithGRVingwithG11 tuntia sitten
    • Send the lock to the LockPickingLawyer you're very clearly procrastinating Shane

      L.T.C gamingL.T.C gaming21 tunti sitten
    • You are my favorite tech youtuber I love all your videos good job

      Mike kinardMike kinardPäivä sitten
    • Would you consider a technical deep dive on the coding or math for a project like this? I love your approach and the way you can make learning enjoyable! Keep up the great work, you're a jack of all trades, and inspiring more people to get creative and build their own stuff with every video.

      Steven HellmannSteven HellmannPäivä sitten
  • You have me a fucking heart attack with that intro.

    StalinKirbyStalinKirby3 minuuttia sitten
  • Don't tell him about the possibility to just put a ball nose endmill into the Robot and get a perfect sculpture

    GermanTopGameTVGermanTopGameTV16 minuuttia sitten
  • Dont understand anything, but Tour Videos Arena mega cool

    Elija H.Elija H.25 minuuttia sitten
  • Third screen on computer content is what I come here for. I ordered the book, and wanna know what's up with long dogs.

    BrandonHDBrandonHD30 minuuttia sitten
  • okay, hear me out, hear me out. This + wheels = Apocalypse ready

    Cjoel7200 OCjoel7200 O40 minuuttia sitten
  • you need bar oil to cut the wood man, add some lubrication!

    KarlFTIKarlFTI42 minuuttia sitten
  • The cooperative harp conceptually box because basket disappointedly fasten minus a foolish engineering. classy, substantial bomber

    John NdasJohn Ndas56 minuuttia sitten
  • Make VR Haptic gloves

    Pathan210Pathan21057 minuuttia sitten
  • Great video but i really want to see it cut a log!

    CMZ neuCMZ neuTunti sitten
  • Get a nonkickbackl chain, yellow label vs green

    Tim DunphyTim DunphyTunti sitten
  • ... or just use an end Mill on a continuous fourth axis 🙄

    Keyboard WarriorKeyboard WarriorTunti sitten
  • I am sure you would cut a perfect bear if you didnt use that chainsaw as a tool :) drill would do much better job.....

    Jakub BarvirJakub BarvirTunti sitten
  • Boris Dogson

    MrNuri21MrNuri21Tunti sitten
  • This dude is so smart it's crazy. This is what your intelligence is being used for. This

    Justin GabrieleJustin GabrieleTunti sitten
  • Please invent a robot cook. That cooks food for you. Then tell your wife, no need of you anymore. Lmao.

    Linda H.Linda H.2 tuntia sitten
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    Dr.Mikizzle TherapistDr.Mikizzle Therapist2 tuntia sitten
  • If it's on the false summit, cant you just move it paralel to it's hight in a random direktion until you "hit" a wall and ball will go "oh Theres more material here maybe it wasnt the highest point i was at before" and you keep doing that, and if the ball doesnt hit any more material when it thinks it's on the highest point it's prob right. Dunno how those things acculy work but it's an idea

    Guldmormor GoldgrannyGuldmormor Goldgranny2 tuntia sitten
  • It's so cool that your Dad let you use the entire basement for this project. I bet you are at the top of the science class in school!! :-)

    Karen ShawKaren Shaw2 tuntia sitten
  • 12:47 Am I the only one who noticed that this stickers probably are blank?

    Maciej PośpiechMaciej Pośpiech2 tuntia sitten
  • you are smart!!!

    aria nicearia nice2 tuntia sitten
  • Dude you made a robot arm cut a dog sculpture with a chainsaw . pretty much one of the coolest things since the Fonz jumped a tank full of sharks with his motorcycle.

    4200time B4200time B2 tuntia sitten
  • Needs sanding. I wonder if this would be of interest to people who do these types of carvings, to give them an initial base to work off of for time-savings. Would have to make sure it doesn't make any overcuts, though

    Luceph AngeloLuceph Angelo2 tuntia sitten
  • I am waiting for the, "Honey I shrunk the kids" video :)

    MogipbobMogipbob2 tuntia sitten
  • This is super cool, but can it piss beer?

    DAFIZZIFDAFIZZIF2 tuntia sitten
  • Somewhere around the 18 - 20 minute of this video I realized that the robot could chop his own head off if I'd make a mistake...

    Dan L.Dan L.2 tuntia sitten
  • This is why this guy isn't an engineer. The tilt analysis is easily fixed using a level sensor with 3 axis. Instead of solving the problem he used physical dependence. Sensors man. Sensors. Also you didn't use neutral networks with self organization. Instead you thought in linear context.

    Hobo CornerHobo Corner2 tuntia sitten
  • i like it that he was playing dance til your de4d

    KEMABBOKEMABBO3 tuntia sitten
  • I love the little details, like on his top monitor he was playing the “dance till your dead” meme, and also he searched “why are weener dogs SO long”

    annag coclannag cocl3 tuntia sitten
  • i think you would benefit alot by unit testing your code bro, document the behavior of your functions with them to make sure they do what you say you do ;)

    SeanSean3 tuntia sitten
    • a simple solution for the next project, is to not be the perpetrator.

      annag coclannag cocl3 tuntia sitten
  • Stumbled upon your video and enjoyed your genius, narration and witty commentary. You made me feel like an inferior human though. 🤦‍♂️. Still loved the video. 👍

    Steve FisherSteve Fisher3 tuntia sitten
  • 14:30 wtf is running on the pc above you xD

    LionelLionel3 tuntia sitten
  • Very cool project. I like the big dog better. It is three dimensional😉

    Theo BenscheidtTheo Benscheidt3 tuntia sitten
  • Lol she likes dogs 19:40 as he is wearing a long sleeve with a white dog on it 😂

    TT3 tuntia sitten
  • His top monitor searches are the best.

    Guilty ButlerGuilty Butler3 tuntia sitten
  • "why buy one when I can make a much worse one for free"... turns out that was my motto all my life without knowing it. Go diwhy

    Rusty the CrownRusty the Crown4 tuntia sitten
  • Giving a robot a chainsaw? What could possibly go wrong?

    Marcus GrantMarcus Grant4 tuntia sitten
  • Idea! Get it to melt ice into sculptures, using a heating element, or, better, fire. Sell ice sculptures for an unfeasible amount of money, in a fraction of the time it takes a human to do them. And by use of a system of pantographs, knock out several at once! Get to the point where yours are superior to anything a human could do, and are quick, cheap, and easy to make. You have removed the human element from art, thereby killing it. Nobody wants ice sculptures any more, bottom drops out of market. Congratulations! You have killed a stupid, snobby, pseudo-art form for tasteless jerks! Next week: Killing postmodern analysis with a Markov chain generator. Oh, wait, they already did that.

    greenaumgreenaum4 tuntia sitten
  • stunning!

    Tom TangTom Tang4 tuntia sitten
  • Please actually upgrade this to be able to actually cut wood

    Matthew MusickMatthew Musick4 tuntia sitten
  • Start with wooden Bear ends up with paper dog. Yep classic what you ordered up vs what you get.

    ArivaldArivald5 tuntia sitten
  • Working with chainsaws is dangerous, I can count the accidents I had on the fingers of one hand.

    pggpgg5 tuntia sitten
  • The gigantic weed namely jump because mary bilaterally shave an a onerous parcel. miscreant, purple engineer

    Bobby YodaBobby Yoda5 tuntia sitten
  • is the video delayed for about 20sec just for me?

    Erico LuisErico Luis5 tuntia sitten
  • Mr. Stuff: Im making a Log carving robot Mark Rober: I'm making porch traps to help catch criminals William Osman: I bought a battlebot to see what it's like: Michael Reeves: HAHA BostTon RoBOt gO PISSSSSS

    manuelito1233manuelito12335 tuntia sitten
  • a simple solution for the next project, is to not be the perpetrator.

    Morgan FunnyGMMorgan FunnyGM5 tuntia sitten
  • What program are you using on the iPad?

    Officer DonutOfficer Donut5 tuntia sitten
  • What is this art program that you use?

    Kostek 77Kostek 775 tuntia sitten
  • Please do a collab with Mark Rober

    meowmeow5 tuntia sitten
  • You need to make it cut wood for sure. You could legit make some serious money with that.

    Two EyeTwo Eye5 tuntia sitten
  • 3:27 SANIC lol.

    sijondasijonda5 tuntia sitten
  • Congrats man, great job!

    Caio LedesmaCaio Ledesma5 tuntia sitten
  • And now the robots have chainsaws...

    Wyatt HausmanWyatt Hausman5 tuntia sitten
  • You are a look a like of Harrison wells from the flash

    Petier YTPetier YT5 tuntia sitten
  • 10:45 For not getting stuck in a false summit, try a method called "simulated annealing finding optimization".

    kambizghkambizgh5 tuntia sitten
  • is it just me or is the sound off ?

    GVMgamingGVMgaming6 tuntia sitten
    • yeah its like 30-40 sec off by the end

      Crazyfun 205Crazyfun 2055 tuntia sitten
    • same for me

      Jordan MJordan M5 tuntia sitten
  • What if you need triangulation to find the fixed point. Use three separately positioned gradients triangulating.

    Co CharlesCo Charles6 tuntia sitten
  • Am I the only one who has audio desync for this video, the audio is way out for me???

    Mentaux1Mentaux16 tuntia sitten
  • What drawing app is that

    LjohnstonLjohnston6 tuntia sitten
  • I can't get the audio to line up with the video :(

    BuckBuck6 tuntia sitten
  • Pretty cool. Im more chainsaw than computer savvy. Softer wood Modified chain on saw And a chain oiler There are narrow tip bars designed for carving

    Franks GarageFranks Garage6 tuntia sitten
  • is it just me or is the audio out of sync with the video?

    Restlesssoul-alexRestlesssoul-alex6 tuntia sitten
  • sound is messed up, do your job properly

    AlphaAlpha6 tuntia sitten
  • Why is audio so out of sync/wrong? Most of the time it doesnt reflect what is happening on the screen

    Winiarus1435Winiarus14356 tuntia sitten
  • I watch videos like this and I wonder to myself where did I go wrong in life? This guy is working with cool stuff in his workshop, thinking about and solving problems, getting paid and having fun doing it and all the while having a pretty and supportive wife by his side and making babies. I'm happy for him and happy for her too finding such a cool husband, obviously she hasn't been infected with 3rd wave feminism. Dude, if you are reading this, new subscriber and some day I want to be YOU, but sadly that will never happen, my opportunity to live a life like yours has passed me.

    JustAGuy InBensalemJustAGuy InBensalem6 tuntia sitten
  • I have an urge to get everyone to push your first video above 1 million views. I don't know any other channel that epitomises the saying "quality over quantity" more.

    mozkito lifemozkito life7 tuntia sitten
  • Hell yeah! This what I wanna see!

    Athir AtaullahAthir Ataullah7 tuntia sitten
  • Have you sent the unpickable lock to the lock picking lawyer yet?

    Bruce BrandyBruce Brandy7 tuntia sitten
  • Don't you just love it when your code doesn't work? Lol

    Alfredo SequeidaAlfredo Sequeida7 tuntia sitten
  • Still waiting for that lock you said you'd dent to LPL

    no112358no1123587 tuntia sitten
  • Did you think about using a narrow radius chainsaw bar? Wood carvers use them and they have lower kickback potential. Oh, I think the chainsaw was overheating because it was a blunt chain. A Sharp chain won’t prevent cutting on the nose (radius). Amazing video. So much time and effort put into the video, enjoyed watching it.

    Rich Wilkes ArboristRich Wilkes Arborist7 tuntia sitten
  • Am I the only one annoyed by the video lagging behind the voice? I thought it was a mistake from youtube and going to be fixed, but the video itself has the lagging issue. Anyway seems like, I am the only one bothered by it. Great video nonetheless.

    MaxSonicX12MaxSonicX127 tuntia sitten
    • Yeah, it doesn't line up for me either, thought it was my computer.

      Jordan MJordan M5 tuntia sitten
  • Sound is completely out of sync for me :/ All quality levels :/

    Daniel RaysonDaniel Rayson7 tuntia sitten
  • Time to go buy a pro chain that doesn't have the anti kick back depth gauges

    30ught630ught67 tuntia sitten
  • No logs were hurt in the production of this video.

    MenyeMCMenyeMC7 tuntia sitten
  • Is the audio way ahead for anyone else?

    Thomas RosebroughThomas Rosebrough7 tuntia sitten
  • Why does this video start mid sentance?

    Thomas RosebroughThomas Rosebrough7 tuntia sitten
  • Why is the audio off by over 30 seconds??

    MalachiTheBowlingGodMalachiTheBowlingGod7 tuntia sitten
  • next should be : a drone that flies humans !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sadanand DubeySadanand Dubey8 tuntia sitten
  • 2:31 I like it

    JENNIE MAYJENNIE MAY8 tuntia sitten
  • Диявол, як завжди - гадить в деталях ;)

    Tornado2000 KissTornado2000Tornado2000 KissTornado20008 tuntia sitten
  • With respect the fault is the "obsession" for using a chainsaw, this works when used by a human that can move it in ways varying the force applied and reacting to the wood's grain better than ANY machine, you would achieve your desired result if you created a special cutting disc using chainsaw teeth in a small radius. The correct cutting effect without over complicated algorithms.

    Spam MouseSpam Mouse8 tuntia sitten
  • For some reason, the audio and video are desynchronised. Idk if this is the problem with my device or if it's the problem with FIstart.

    William HuangWilliam Huang8 tuntia sitten
  • Audio is making this unwatchable

    Finley JonesFinley Jones8 tuntia sitten
  • Im so confused with the audio??? it's so out of sync

    jomsartjomsart8 tuntia sitten
  • It's weird. This video was working fine the other day, but I came back to finish it and it was wildly out of sync

    LackinrodaLackinroda8 tuntia sitten
  • Still waiting for the lockpickinglawyer video 🥲

    ZatarahZatarah8 tuntia sitten
  • The audio is out of sync. ._.

    Jordan Hugh McKimmJordan Hugh McKimm8 tuntia sitten
  • "a five character password has 12 million didgets" jeaus Wheatley

    Colm DonnellyColm Donnelly8 tuntia sitten
  • What is that software you use for drawing?

    Julien SantosJulien Santos9 tuntia sitten
  • Eyy inverse kinematics I know about those because of a guy who really loves milk

    SreetoSreeto9 tuntia sitten
  • Is the audio 30s behind for anybody else?

    APerfidiousDaneAPerfidiousDane9 tuntia sitten
  • This is just mindbogglingly

    SmindustriesSmindustries9 tuntia sitten
  • This thumbnail changing more than I can comprehend

    DimRedDimRed9 tuntia sitten
  • Why is the audio so desynced? Its really making this video hard to watch

    theBurgerBoxtheBurgerBox9 tuntia sitten
  • I dont get it, my audio is out of sync :(

    Robin StrandRobin Strand9 tuntia sitten
  • Some how the sound is shifted against the video. Something around 30 sec.

    U:PU:P9 tuntia sitten
  • The entire audio for this whole video is out of sync, by about 30-50 seconds. Feels weird that i actually understand it though.

    gol3m100gol3m1009 tuntia sitten
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    Connie PrudeConnie Prude9 tuntia sitten
  • The sound of the video doesn't match with the video. Anyone else got this problem?

    TheTAMA98TheTAMA9810 tuntia sitten
    • problem seems to be Chrome

      TheTAMA98TheTAMA989 tuntia sitten