Making chainsaw robot, carving logs

күнү жарыяланды 2021-ж., 4-апр.
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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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  • Stuff Made Here

    Stuff Made Here

    12 күн мурун

    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

    • Steve J

      Steve J

      17 саат мурун

      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.



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    • Michael McGregor

      Michael McGregor

      2 күн мурун

      Your videos are awesome! Idea: Mirroring programming While the saw is attached to the arm, have a zero point. Have a professional carver carve something while the arm records the movements. Once they are done, save the the program. Now, every time you place the log and robot arm at zero, you can just run that program... would be awesome! Mass produce famous carvers works at a fraction of the price.

    • Michael McGregor

      Michael McGregor

      2 күн мурун

      Your videos are awesome! Idea: Mirroring programming While the saw is attached to the arm, have a zero point. Have a professional carver carve something while the arm records the movements. Once they are done, save the the program. Now, every time you place the log and robot arm at zero, you can just run that program... would be awesome! Mass produce famous carvers works at a fraction of the price.

  • EnergyWolff


    5 саат мурун

    Can you give us a update on your lock for the lock picking lawyer 🥺

  • Real Change

    Real Change

    5 саат мурун

    This dude right here makes science cool and nerds manly

  • Fred Scott

    Fred Scott

    5 саат мурун

    could lose an arm.

  • Michael


    6 саат мурун

    “They call a cheater, when you have a bolt that’s really stuck, you get way out here... and snap your wrench in half” 😆 wasn’t expecting you to say that but that is a possibility

  • Gary Gilbenson

    Gary Gilbenson

    6 саат мурун

    "if i tell it stab yourself in the face, it'll do it!"
    _processing request_
    "what sto-"

  • Edwin Reyes

    Edwin Reyes

    7 саат мурун

    My first video and am loving every minute of it

  • Korey M

    Korey M

    8 саат мурун

    nice to know we won't be replaced by machines any time soon. additionally it's interesting to see the difference. i'm a software guy so seeing the hardware side of things is fun. the chainsaw was designed by Man for Man. i wonder what a chainsaw designed for a robotic arm would look like.

  • Christopher Mattera

    Christopher Mattera

    8 саат мурун

    I saw you write TWERK when talking about guessing passwords, don’t think you got away with that😁

  • Korey M

    Korey M

    9 саат мурун

    next time someone asks me about 3d printers and how they work i will tell them to watch this. great example of Gcode!

  • Jax


    9 саат мурун

    "mark rober on steroids"

  • Chris Douglas

    Chris Douglas

    9 саат мурун

    you should do a few more carvings with the saw and make the montages into youtube shorts. it would be a great way to quickly grow your channel even more

  • Richard Pellegrino

    Richard Pellegrino

    10 саат мурун

    Shane, did I understand you that you employed some sort of auto-optimization for your python? I have never heard of this and a popular internet search engine didn't bring up anything I prob. misunderstood.

  • Explosion Implosion

    Explosion Implosion

    10 саат мурун

    16:33 lol "Fortunately I know a guy with a tree"

  • Dylan Turney

    Dylan Turney

    11 саат мурун

    i mean, why *NOT* give a robot a chainsaw

  • roboknight


    11 саат мурун

    That is amazing. Man, there ARE so many ways that must've gone wrong off camera.

  • medopop2010


    11 саат мурун

    I really want for you to make coding courses channel it would be amazing
    As I am very interested in the code behind and the algorithm that made these videos happen

  • Telmo Pena

    Telmo Pena

    11 саат мурун

    Which language do you use to write the code?

  • Anon nomous

    Anon nomous

    11 саат мурун

    Does anybody know which iOS app he using for drawing and writing?

  • Aldreius


    12 саат мурун

    Spend more than 2000 bucks in equipments for saving 2000 bucks of a wood bear, brilliant !

  • Tony Notstated

    Tony Notstated

    12 саат мурун

    I thought I had a cool shop.

  • Matthew Heiskell

    Matthew Heiskell

    12 саат мурун

    Use that robo arm to film some cool camera angles!

  • kyle zindel

    kyle zindel

    13 саат мурун

    what monitor/device is he using at 11:27

  • Kyle Jessop

    Kyle Jessop

    13 саат мурун

    "And that's when you get way out here, and break your wrench in half" Sounds like a solid Idea to me!

  • Raymond Strydom

    Raymond Strydom

    14 саат мурун

    What if it were rather a circular saw in place the chainsaw?

  • nabanitus


    15 саат мурун

    Waiting a robot arm chainsaw haircut.

  • Ishrat Begum Shaikh

    Ishrat Begum Shaikh

    17 саат мурун

    But can they make robots to make oxygen?

  • TanK


    17 саат мурун

    I want a workshop like you so that I can spend all my time doing what I love.

  • Damazy Włodarczyk

    Damazy Włodarczyk

    18 саат мурун

    How about the lock? You didn't do shit about it.

  • Manic141


    18 саат мурун

    I dont like how your chainsaw robot video suggests I watch your haircut machine video. Hahaha

  • The Beyonder

    The Beyonder

    19 саат мурун

    We need a horror movie " called killer chainsaw robot "

  • 36. Yazid Rizki Kurniawan

    36. Yazid Rizki Kurniawan

    20 саат мурун

    Make a drone that will always follow you around on your back so you can unlock third-person perspective

  • Federico Musci

    Federico Musci

    21 саат мурун

    and the unpikeable lock?

  • Skullboy 066

    Skullboy 066

    21 саат мурун

    when you sending the lock to lock picking lawyer ?

  • Francis Balfour

    Francis Balfour

    22 саат мурун

    Jackknife* sorry but it bothered me

  • Edmund Michał

    Edmund Michał

    22 саат мурун

    you cut foam with hot rod

  • Gies Anthonissen

    Gies Anthonissen

    23 саат мурун

    what software do you use to program your robots?
    very Nice videos man!👍

  • Ace Shott

    Ace Shott

    23 саат мурун

    Looks like a pile
    Of shit

  • Chris Lawrence

    Chris Lawrence

    23 саат мурун

    Might I suggest an active suspension R/C truck for a future project? Maybe something like this

  • Skemooo


    Күн мурун

    what is teh app/tool he uses to draw on tablet?

  • Pitbull Gamer81

    Pitbull Gamer81

    Күн мурун

    Did you have chain oil that might be why it got hot

  • Jim Marriott

    Jim Marriott

    Күн мурун

    An E Stop button is never enough safety to go into an industrial kill zone.

  • Jon France

    Jon France

    Күн мурун

    When talking about gradient ascent, you reminded me of basically everything I learned about in computational logic. There are *huge* swaths of documentation in the AI field about avoiding local minima (or in your case, local maxima). Dunno how much that would have helped you (or if you already knew) but that would be a great place to look in future endeavors.

  • Clean Cuts Trees

    Clean Cuts Trees

    Күн мурун

    Your chainsaw needs oil... dont file down the rakers/depth gague's it wont help I promise

  • Stephen Southard

    Stephen Southard

    Күн мурун

    with all this effort you might as well have learned how to carve it yourself. all the same this is really cool to see

  • La Cai

    La Cai

    Күн мурун

    im Jelly bout all yar toys at basement!
    2020 man cave! ya do have a fridge whit beer in it?
    that tradition cant be dumped, Billiard table to Robo arm is a good swap!

  • Viro


    Күн мурун

    Just task Google AI to figure out the best way to do this

  • Full Name

    Full Name

    Күн мурун

    How can I learn to make stuff like you do? This is incredible.

  • Catharsis


    Күн мурун

    Awesome sponsorship! I got a 3 month sub for my cousin! Keep it up, excited for the next video

  • Emilio Roman

    Emilio Roman

    Күн мурун

    why not put your camera there for some serious broll shots.

  • skyracer2012


    Күн мурун

    If you would not port your python code to c++ and use multiple threads you could do it in 1 minute ro so

  • Evan Noyes

    Evan Noyes

    Күн мурун

    This was painful to watch. Take down your rakers and sharpen your saw. Chain was probably too tight too

  • Ryan Chenier-Poulin

    Ryan Chenier-Poulin

    Күн мурун

    Sounds so monotoned... even the wife rubs off on it lol

  • Mark Evitts

    Mark Evitts

    Күн мурун

    use it as a sacrificial mold!

  • CarEnthusiast


    Күн мурун

    This is a perfect example of how the robot's productivity gains get eaten up by the amount of programming time. Even manufacturing at factories tends to utilize more than one process to get to the end product.

  • Annette Texas

    Annette Texas

    Күн мурун

    In particolare, il costante supporto informativo e propagandistico delle nostre attivita risolve in modo inequivocabile la necessita di esperimenti che colpiscono per scala e grandezza. Prima di tutto, la teoria esistente rivela un'urgente necessita di rafforzare i valori morali.
    La teoria esistente, cosi come un nuovo sguardo alle cose familiari, apre certamente nuovi orizzonti per i compiti fissati dalla societa. Conclusioni banali ma inconfutabili, cosi come prototipi interattivi sono solo un metodo di partecipazione politica e sono stati oggetto di tutta una serie di studi indipendenti..
    A experiencia rica e diversificada nos diz que o pensamento racional, diluido em uma boa dose de empatia, exige que analisemos o sistema participativo! O ponto de vista oposto implica que os defensores do totalitarismo na ciencia sejam descritos com o maximo de detalhes possivel.
    Por outro lado, elevar o nivel de consciencia civica oferece amplas oportunidades para decisoes conceituais autossuficientes e externamente dependentes. Os defensores do totalitarismo na ciencia, superando a dificil situacao economica atual, estao unidos em grupos inteiros de sua propria especie.

  • just_here to_nap

    just_here to_nap

    Күн мурун

    Why use a chainsaw at all and not some other more maneuverable wood carving tool

  • kalhoon


    Күн мурун

    try a grinder with a wood file disk

  • Keyaneth Solen

    Keyaneth Solen

    Күн мурун

    You are great. I love your videos. I also want one of those arms.

  • B Ward

    B Ward

    Күн мурун

    shouldve made a robot arm for the log instead

  • Филипп Здоров

    Филипп Здоров

    Күн мурун

    Hey, the idea of gradient descent is good. Of cource you can reach some local maximums. But you can try to make many attempts of starting positions and look which will be better

  • Addison Huy

    Addison Huy

    Күн мурун

    Amazing truly job well done.

  • 13loodyDove


    Күн мурун

    I'd love to see you tackle fishing. Maybe a self casting, bite detect, and auto real fishing rod. All auto.

  • Matthew Cecil

    Matthew Cecil

    Күн мурун

    Your chain saw is overheating do to lack of lubrication. Also not professing to be an expert at robotics, but where j work he have huge fixtures mounted on robots and you just have to tell the robot where the new tool center point is wether it is 6 foot off the arm or 6 inches, the robot will move accordingly to that point.

  • Poeder Ruiker

    Poeder Ruiker

    Күн мурун

    What's the music around 1 minute?

  • Efajigaloop The First

    Efajigaloop The First

    Күн мурун

    Have you considered using an air motor for the saw? This should help offload weight from the saw. Also I don't know enough about your workflow here to say for sure, but I know most robot control software allows you to define tools, which could help prevent the "why are you hitting yourself" issue

  • Thomas Shaddox

    Thomas Shaddox

    Күн мурун

    My favorite and most unexpected of the problems was "it turns out that chainsaws can't cut wood."

  • simon stucki

    simon stucki

    Күн мурун

    wow you sure pick some big hard projects! I admire you perseverance! Also I think you need to file down the anti kickback tooth a bit and maybe sharpen the chainsaw if it doesn't cut wood...

  • Past Blaster

    Past Blaster

    Күн мурун

    17:17 ........Those parts in front of the cutting tooth are called rakers and they need to be progressively shortened as the cutter is filed since the cutter is angled and gets shorter as it is filed .......Time to sharpen the saw basically ................

  • Sasha black

    Sasha black

    Күн мурун

    This guys inspirational 🤞

  • Beingshort101


    Күн мурун

    Make a CNC tattoo thing

  • Kai Wacker

    Kai Wacker

    Күн мурун

    He should have a bought a STIHL saw, nit that bullshit ;-)

  • Barron Cohen2

    Barron Cohen2

    Күн мурун

    You should try to make a self stabilizing bike like that old google April fools video. Probably by using gyros and flywheels.

  • Knocks Tea

    Knocks Tea

    Күн мурун

    I know for a fact that time travelling is impossible. SMH would've made a video by now if it was!

  • Honza Kašík

    Honza Kašík

    Күн мурун

    I think you could waste less time with unit tests...

  • Ira Chandler

    Ira Chandler

    Күн мурун

    Amazing. 22:27 well spent.

  • Hein Van Gerve

    Hein Van Gerve

    Күн мурун

    Great idea. Get a carving bar and chain for the chainsaw. Much smaller tip and shorter

  • superpole78


    Күн мурун

    it's amazing how you approach problems from different points of view, until you find the best solution... :)

  • Rob Rotella

    Rob Rotella

    Күн мурун

    Awesome video! You need to lubricate and tighten that chain! Also consider removing a few thousandths from the rakers for a faster cut.

  • Gytis


    Күн мурун

    why use a chainsaw tho? why not a big drill bit?

  • Letsitele AGSgemeente

    Letsitele AGSgemeente

    Күн мурун

    This was really impressive I have to say. Well done!

  • Bunny Killer

    Bunny Killer

    Күн мурун

    luv your channel... luv your style... got an idea for you, make an arm that can throw the worlds fastest and perfect dart game. Stipulations: its got to function like a human arm e.g. it pivots at an "elbow" and at the "wrist". A preloaded magazine is allowed to hold the proper number of darts. Trying to decide if full 360 degree rotational movement at the "elbow" is allowed or it is to move forward, release dart and then return to a start position ( < 180 degree arc)... The full 360 rotational movement would be the faster but setting up the electrical would be harsh unless the control signal was wifi or bluetooth. The main power could run off of a slip ring/contact brush, but as mentioned, the signal for the controls.... hmmmm ;) ...

  • Bruno


    Күн мурун

    So if you ever find a $20000 robotic arm lying around your house, this is definitely something you can do with it.

  • Alex Fox

    Alex Fox

    Күн мурун

    shoe shiner robot?

  • diglory89


    Күн мурун

    Awesome job !

  • Mack Burns

    Mack Burns

    Күн мурун

    I need you to make a gun with a hair trigger, thanks.

  • 0HK4N


    Күн мурун

    I work in 3D analysis and 'm really curious about how your code looks like. Did you release it anywhere? I haven't been able to find it 🤔

  • Toothless Blues Boy Norman

    Toothless Blues Boy Norman

    Күн мурун

    Ok, I got one for you, I want you to build a stained glass window making robot. They say that's some robotic barrier or something.☮️

  • David Eriksen

    David Eriksen

    Күн мурун

    the effort he put into the coding got my up vote

  • Phlosen


    2 күн мурун

    The Robot with the googly-eyes reading the captcha really caught me off guard :D

  • Josh Holder

    Josh Holder

    2 күн мурун

    As an engineering student, any time I watch one of this guys videos I'm absolutely shocked. Highest level of complexity of projects of any maker youtuber imo

  • Bob Guy

    Bob Guy

    2 күн мурун

    3:03 100% this is why I love this channel. Informative, interesting, and the driest deadpan humor imaginable.

  • Theflyingcandleguy Me

    Theflyingcandleguy Me

    2 күн мурун

    🤦‍♂️That is a raker; not an anti kickback tooth🙄Tour robot is pushing the saw into the wood. You do not force the cut. You let the saw cut at the speed it wants to. It will not cut faster if you press harder. Normally that wood just kill the engine. If your motor is powerful enough to keep going you are just creating heat and eventually the chain will snap.

  • Theflyingcandleguy Me

    Theflyingcandleguy Me

    2 күн мурун

    😂I love your presentation. I have thousands of hours of Chainsaw time. The reason chainsaw art is so impressive is the amount of tip cutting involved which is a slightly dangerous and difficult to master endeavor especially if your upper body fitness is a disaster. You can carve up a piece of wood in reasonable amounts of time with a combination of slabbing and then tip cutting. Beware of fatigued stability muscles, loose chains, dull chains, dirty logs, hardwoods, and especially be very cautious of old chains, kickback, and flying chunks of wood which will surprise you with a whack to the face at some point.

  • TMHF


    2 күн мурун

    It honestly gives me hope for the future knowing that there are people this brilliant that can hopefully help right the ship that we all seem to be sinking on.

  • Florian Krentzel

    Florian Krentzel

    2 күн мурун

    *Everyone that took Calc 3 in college appreciated this video.*

  • Mathew Ubachs

    Mathew Ubachs

    2 күн мурун

    What iPad app do you use for all your drawings?

  • Michael McGregor

    Michael McGregor

    2 күн мурун

    Your videos are awesome!
    Idea: Mirroring programming
    While the saw is attached to the arm, have a zero point. Have a professional carver carve something while the arm records the movements. Once they are done, save the the program. Now, every time you place a log and robot arm at zero, you can just run that program... would be awesome! Mass produce famous carvers works at a fraction of the price.

  • Sanjay Krishnan

    Sanjay Krishnan

    2 күн мурун

    Why not scan the wood on the turntable into a pointcloud?

  • mainframehacker


    2 күн мурун

    do you think it's possible to make a machine or system of machines that will grow you the perfect plant? like look at it and determine what it needs and then give it to it? control sunlight, water, minerals, etc.