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Robotics design and simulation program

'Darwin2k' is a robotics design and simulation program. Its simulation capabilities support engineering design and controller prototyping for robotic application; for example, it includes detailed motor and gearhead performance models, and the ability to estimate stresses in structural elements during simulation. Darwin2K is *not* an end-user application. Most uses will require at least a little coding, usually to specify application-specific robot controllers and models, high-level task descriptions, or specialized simulation components. That being said, Darwin2K does include a range of general-purpose robot models, controllers, and simulation and analysis capabilities, useful in a wide range of robot design and programming applications, that eliminate most of the work in developing a task-specific simulation or optimized robot prototype. The system also includes a distributed evolutionary algorithm for automated synthesis and optimization.


User reference manual available in HTML format from http://darwin2k.sourceforge.net/darwin2k-docs/index.html; User tutorial available in PDF format from http://darwin2k.sourceforge.net/tutorial.pdf



version 0.90 (stable)
released on 4 February 2002

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Janet Casey

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1 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Chris Leger Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
DeveloperVCS Repository Webviewhttp://sourceforge.net/cvs/?group_id=10967
DeveloperMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/darwin2k-devel
SupportMailing List Info/Archivehttp://lists.sourceforge.net/mailman/listinfo/darwin2k-users

Software prerequisites

Required to usePerl 5.000 or later
Required to usexforms
Required to useOpenGL *or* MesaGL *or* OpenInventor
Required to buildGNU libtool 1.4
Required to buildGNU autoconf 2.52
Required to buildGNU automake 1.5

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 31 August 2010.


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