I have just been hired to help start a new robotics lab here at the University of Central Lancashire. As it is often the case with applied research, this lab is partly funded by the private sector and not much by the government. Thus, we have little funding.
I would like to buy good education robots and mobile one as well. The project shall investigate flexible manufacturing using articulated robots on mobile platforms. Of course, I cannot buy industrial material since our local is too small, but I still need to buy serious devices which can survive a lot of experiments. I have come across a few good proposal but they do not seem to be too many affordable robots between the toys and the industrial ones.
What do you suggest I look for ? I would like some poeple to givbe advice on robots they have used ?
Luc Rolland, PhD