Easy to use and industry standard

  • Pilot Apollo using a standard GamePad, just like a video game, but much more rewarding.
  • Alternatively load G-code exported from your favorite CAD or modeling program.

Powering up your Apollo

  • Find a clear secure spot to place Apollo.
  • Securely attach Apollo to an 80/20 Stand, table, bench, wall or ceiling of your choice..
  • Connect the USB gamepad if you will be using it.
  • Bring all Apollo arms to the home position (all arms touching robot base).
  • Plug Apollo into a 100-240 source (standard wall outlet).
  • Press the power button.
    • Note that Apollo will move its arms in a homing routine after powered up. Stand clear of the robot during this homing routine.
  • Apollo is now ready to be used via the GamePad or through the network interface.
  • Push the E-stop button in to stop the robot at any time.
  • Twist the E-stop button Counter Clockwise to return power to the robot when desired.

Teaching Apollo New Tricks

  • Use the GamePad (Teach Pendant) to record routines, save them, and play them back.
  • Simply click the 'Record Program' button, move the machine in your desired path, then click 'Record Program' again.
    • The moves you just made will be saved as a program that you can play at any time using the 'Play Program' button on the gamepad or WiFi interface.
  • Alternatively use gCode, the industry standard for programming robots and machines.
    • Export gCode from Autocad or your favorite program, and load it onto Apollo from your computer via Apollo's WiFi interface.
  • Play programs using the GamePad or your computer/phone.
    • All programs, both user-recorded and g-Code generated, can be played via the GamePad or computer/phone.

GamePad Teach Pendant

Button Descriptions

  • Left Joystick: Jog the End Effector left and right (X axis), as well as forward and backwards (Y axis) relative to the machine base.
    • This stick is analog, meaning the further you push it, the faster the End Effector moves.
  • Right Joystick: Jog the End Effector Up and Down (Z axis), as well as rotate (yaw) (C axis) left and right. (analog)
  • Direction Pad
    • Machine Offset: This is the standard mode (g90), where when you move the end effector, it moves relative to the machine base.
    • Fixture Offset: This is a fixture offset mode (g92), where when you move the end effector, it moves relative to the position the end effector was in when you pushed the 'Fixture Offset' button.
    • Run Program: Play the selected program forward.
    • Run Program: Backwards: Play the selected program in reverse.
  • Round Button Diamond
    • Orient Left / Right: Use this to get the Y axis to point directly away from the operator if using the game pad, or to adjust which direction is considered forward if running a program.
    • Increase / Decrease Feed Rate: This adjusts the accelerations and maximum velocities which the end effector moves at when jogging with the gamepad. It also is used when recording a program, to set the speed at which the end effector will move during each portion of the program.
  • Select Next Program: Selects the next program in your list of programs. This will be the program that gets played when you press 'Run Program' or 'Run Program Backwards'
    • To view the list of programs, or re-order them, log into Apollo with your phone/computer.
  • A axis Select / B axis Select: sets whether the '+ A/B axis' & '- A/B axis' triggers will adjust the A or B axis.
  • + A/B axis & - A/B axis: These triggers roll and pitch the end effector.
    • These are analog sticks, so the further you push, the faster it goes.

Logging into Apollo from your Computer or Phone

  • Apollo broadcasts it's own WiFi network.
  • To log into your Apollo, on your phone or computer first select 'Apollo' WiFi.
  • Next open a web browser (we recommend IceCat or FireFox, however Chromium or Chrome should work just as well.
  • In the navigation bar type:
  • Press Enter, and Apollo's network interface will be visible.
  • Here you can load programs, jog (move) Apollo, preview program motions using the Apollo visualizer, and all sorts of other interesting things.

Powering Down Apollo

  • Simply press the power button, and wait 10 seconds. The robot is now safe to unplug from the wall if desired.

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