Making chainsaw robot, carving logs

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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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  1. Stuff Made Here
    Stuff Made Here
    Månad sedan

    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

    1. Abraham Hannafan
      Abraham Hannafan
      16 timmar sedan

      You should try treating the wood like it's metal

    2. Timothy van den berg
      Timothy van den berg
      Dag sedan

      Where is the lock for lock picking lawer?

    3. Stacie Mohler
      Stacie Mohler
      2 dagar sedan

      200th reply

    4. Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
      Pro. Shyam Manav Fan Club
      4 dagar sedan

      Hello sir, can you make oxygen concentrator or liquid oxygen generator with household things..if you could ,it will help many people in emergency situation and save their lives...thank you.

    5. DankyDonk
      8 dagar sedan

      Have you sent the lock to LPL or are you still working on it?

  2. Kiran Kokilepersaud
    Kiran Kokilepersaud
    3 minuter sedan

    I'm a PhD student. This guy could honestly write academic papers in several different fields if he wanted to. Just listening to him describe optimization algorithms and the trade-offs behind each really shows a level of intuition that inspires me to keep going whenever my code isn't working or my results aren't making sense. He doesn't stop trying until it works. That never giving up mindset is what inspires me more than anything else.

  3. Connor Dodge
    Connor Dodge
    Timme sedan

    what is the app he uses on the iPad?

  4. ifig doimudda
    ifig doimudda
    7 timmar sedan

    Maybe next episode robot haircut?:D

  5. Michael Kurasz
    Michael Kurasz
    12 timmar sedan

    Stuff made here’s secret alter ego is Mert the Chatroulette musician. You heard it here first

  6. Sithion ta
    Sithion ta
    14 timmar sedan

    Brazilian flag + dog at 14:30

  7. klutzedufus
    14 timmar sedan

    a simple solution to your gradient ascent problem: the genetic algorithm. instead of just 1 starting point, start with several. some will get stuck in the false summits, but there will inevitably be some that make it to the real one. you can continue the algorithm by taking the most successful ones, averaging their starting points, and starting another generation. but, if there’s not that many summits, you’ll likely find the real one quick enough.

  8. tom marynissen
    tom marynissen
    16 timmar sedan

    Make a robot arm that always does a strike or throws what you want! That would be really cool.

  9. Jeremy Eanes
    Jeremy Eanes
    22 timmar sedan

    Any update on the lock sent to Lock Picking Lawyer?

  10. Dirt Dawg
    Dirt Dawg
    22 timmar sedan

    dude your channel is great soo funny and entertaining

  11. Timothy van den berg
    Timothy van den berg
    Dag sedan

    Where is the lock for lock picking lawer?

  12. Eugene Koshanof
    Eugene Koshanof
    Dag sedan

    So.. the question that I guess many people here want to ask - when are you going to make an iron main suit?

  13. Tommy Scheper
    Tommy Scheper
    Dag sedan

    Do an autonomous lawnmower

  14. Hapi hap
    Hapi hap
    Dag sedan

    "you should make one in wood......" best part

  15. Guåhan671 Bass
    Guåhan671 Bass
    Dag sedan


  16. VidaGoGo
    Dag sedan

    Hey Jarvis, make a bear with a chainsaw.

  17. janelagrande1
    2 dagar sedan

    14:31 Brasil huehue

  18. sanjum2
    2 dagar sedan

    lol i have the same computer mouse as him, im lucky ig

  19. Chris Ra
    Chris Ra
    2 dagar sedan

    Is the music at 18:39 an upbeat SEget sound library cover of Pink Floyd's "One Of My Turns"?

  20. Dean Keys
    Dean Keys
    2 dagar sedan

    Hi, thankyou for the Awesome info-tainment!! I found this company ' engineair ' that makes frictionless, superlight, powerful compressed air powered motors. i thought you could use them with your robotics. if ever you wanted to maybe build a mech suit :)

  21. josh banks
    josh banks
    2 dagar sedan

    Bro, you should get some dust extraction for your chainsaw. Health is important.

  22. MrZapper1960
    2 dagar sedan

    Does anyone know a way to avoid the local maximum problem in his software? At 10:23

  23. Cyrus Ramsey
    Cyrus Ramsey
    2 dagar sedan

    How about making a laser sighted sling shot where the laser dot location is predicted.

  24. Stacie Mohler
    Stacie Mohler
    2 dagar sedan

    10:25 how much is that book

  25. Tanmay Singh
    Tanmay Singh
    2 dagar sedan

    an omnitrix?

  26. Fahad ijaz Ijaz
    Fahad ijaz Ijaz
    3 dagar sedan

    amazing sum of must be the happiest person on earth..why not richest one?

  27. Agent VX
    Agent VX
    3 dagar sedan

    Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think of whether they should. ... but if they had, they'd have still done it, because this is FRICKIN' AWESOME.

  28. larsmark
    3 dagar sedan

    What is the illustration software that is used?

  29. mozzavans
    3 dagar sedan

    Hi. Idea: vid of making car windows go up faster...they're simply too slow for my liking. You could test the limits of acceleration & deceleration of the glass, safety detection of someone's hand, explore most powerful motors that fit. Fastest car in the world = basic. Fastest car windows in the world = engineer.

  30. VALLEY
    3 dagar sedan

    i love the sitcom vibes every time ur wife looks into the camera in disgust

  31. Rohan Raj
    Rohan Raj
    3 dagar sedan

    dog cut from wood i love it

  32. Gift M
    Gift M
    3 dagar sedan

    My brain cells hurt but can't stop watching your videos,....amazing content.

  33. Alex
    3 dagar sedan

    YO!! check this out ( [no rick roll YT: Dope Tech: Camera Robots!]) then try again with a gopro attached to the tip. You know how to do the rest, excellent video. Would it be better to move on the console? Xbox controller?

  34. Alex
    3 dagar sedan


  35. FG Poor
    FG Poor
    3 dagar sedan

    I was really hoping he was gonna make the machine

  36. 3D_cyClopz _
    3D_cyClopz _
    3 dagar sedan

    I have zero experience but would it be easier to start with polygonal bear model from Thingiverse or something and just cut the slices to match surfaces(low poly Proly easier)then have your code eliminate the weird inner cuts, finally a surface area version of "don't colour over the lines" code. easier said then done obviously but its just my Idea

    1. 3D_cyClopz _
      3D_cyClopz _
      3 dagar sedan

      Match plainer slices with the flat parts, kind of a given that it was gonna end up being low poly looking regardless right

  37. Maggnet
    4 dagar sedan

    Your gradient descent approach would have to sample the space of possible solutions and basically try for each of those sample and keep the most successful one. An alternative approach could be a genetic algorithm where you have a million small wood cutters that try out all kind of (initially random) series of cuts and you kind of keep the most successful ones where you vary the cut a bit to see if they can become even more successful. Just don't overfit, but you'll figure that out while reading more about it.

  38. conner hartman
    conner hartman
    4 dagar sedan

    What if instead of a robot arm, you constructed a chainsaw attachment for a modified roomba and used it to cut your lawn?

  39. Henning S.
    Henning S.
    4 dagar sedan

    To solve the problems when cutting with the tip, just grind a little bit off of the anti kickback depth stops...

  40. Chanikya .A
    Chanikya .A
    4 dagar sedan

    Hell bro your wife looks like lena paul

  41. Whamboy
    4 dagar sedan

    where do i buy useless block v1.0

    4 dagar sedan

    amazing teacher

  43. xander shaver
    xander shaver
    4 dagar sedan

    Did you try to make the chainsaw light sensitive but you would have a use a dark color and trace it

  44. Salvador W. Empent
    Salvador W. Empent
    4 dagar sedan

    Yo dude this creation could end up to be the catalyst for a new movie with Will Smith called "I Robot chainsaw massacre"! 😂 All joking aside you are a freaking genius! Keep up the great projects!💪

  45. Jeremy Hurt
    Jeremy Hurt
    4 dagar sedan

    Woof that was ruufff but you did it!!!

  46. ryan nelson
    ryan nelson
    4 dagar sedan

    All the past few episodes are perfect length for tv there are even ad breaks kind of built in for a 30 min show do u think that is what they're pitching or is this channel some weird industry plant because he came out of nowhere with low video count huge subs and tormach as a very early sponsor. Idk if it is because he is that great of a creator or if there are other factors but the fact that I can't tell says a lot. I like the vids but I do wonder

  47. deafmute420 _
    deafmute420 _
    4 dagar sedan

    you need bar and chain oil or a chainsaw wont cut wood lol :D

  48. Emmanuel4551
    5 dagar sedan

    no chain oil.

  49. Max
    5 dagar sedan

    Music name in 19:21 please?

  50. 복어뮤직 VOCFISH Music
    복어뮤직 VOCFISH Music
    5 dagar sedan

    I came here from your videos of 2 home-run bats, and I suggest you to spin the gun bat in the spinning machine....

  51. Nico Nicronix
    Nico Nicronix
    5 dagar sedan

    "Free" Imagine just the hour cost to have this dude in the room :P

  52. Lord Knightyme
    Lord Knightyme
    5 dagar sedan

    Dog? I thought she made a cat. Awesome in any case.

  53. Kaio Maia
    Kaio Maia
    5 dagar sedan

    HAHA! Esse dog na camisa dele é de um meme brasileiro :D

  54. Stannis Burns
    Stannis Burns
    5 dagar sedan

    A bear cut out of wood, you said it cost thousands of dollars, start selling them on eBay for half price, get free wood from a tree services company, sell 30-40 of them and make it profitable

  55. Bradlei Smith
    Bradlei Smith
    5 dagar sedan

    Dude you're Amazing!!! Love ya video's and wish I was 10% as smart as you.. then I'd be 10X smarter than I am now :P

  56. Notma Name
    Notma Name
    5 dagar sedan

    Make an android charger that wont break every time I step on it.

  57. XxTownGamersxX
    5 dagar sedan

    Please make a video with Michael Reeves 😂 build something together

  58. SS ien
    SS ien
    5 dagar sedan

    Your sarcasm reaches new heights smartpants

  59. Mantis
    5 dagar sedan

    i like ya cut g

  60. ElementalOfDark
    6 dagar sedan

    "Don't pay attention to what I'm doing" Me: "Alright" *closes SEget*

  61. +Tec
    6 dagar sedan

    Amazing. It would really look better in wood though. You could use an angle grinder with a power carving disk and rewrite the entire code to make it work!

  62. Ya to Lo-fi
    Ya to Lo-fi
    6 dagar sedan

    Wait why is he not working for NASA yet?

  63. ewoi asio
    ewoi asio
    6 dagar sedan

    i admire your creativity and work ethic as an engineer. can you design a portable gym that can be dissassembled/assembled easily and can fit in a car trunk and made with basic hardware store items? like a pulley system?

  64. Seth Moeckel
    Seth Moeckel
    6 dagar sedan

    Have you ever used Processing? I'd imagine that would work really well for experimenting with algorithms while coding.

  65. ian rodriguez
    ian rodriguez
    6 dagar sedan

    well yes, thats epic, but lpl vs stuff lock

  66. Ludescas
    6 dagar sedan

    Which app is he using on the iPad for drawing? Looks useful for me... :)

  67. Sahak Margossian
    Sahak Margossian
    6 dagar sedan

    Can you make a drone that spray paints a mural on a wall?

  68. Cowracer67
    6 dagar sedan

    two words... CHAIN OILER

  69. TaranTatsuuchi
    6 dagar sedan

    I know of inverse kinematics from video games!

  70. Mont Frypan
    Mont Frypan
    6 dagar sedan

    awesome, very interesting, I guess you know that the chains have to be sharpened frequently, and that you don't have to apply too much force when cutting, if it doesn't get too hot, it must be incredibly difficult to find the point of it all.

  71. Peak View Range
    Peak View Range
    6 dagar sedan

    just sharpen the chainsaw and file down your depth guides then you will be in wood with no worries

  72. H Shore
    H Shore
    6 dagar sedan

    Loved the video. You have a fabulous workshop many would die for...especially if they walked around it.

  73. Robert Jarman
    Robert Jarman
    6 dagar sedan

    "I want my bear to have curves" Stuff Made Here, 2021.

  74. Supreme Innovations LLC
    Supreme Innovations LLC
    6 dagar sedan

    Sharpen that chain. Bigger chips = more cooling.

  75. Frmr Christian
    Frmr Christian
    6 dagar sedan

    You're very talented! Would love to see you create a prosthesis or device that can help people with disabilities. YOU CAN DO IT!

  76. MrRawage
    6 dagar sedan

    He's more a mechatronics engineer

  77. Just_Abysmal
    6 dagar sedan

    you should try this again using some kind of giant dremel instead of a chainsaw

  78. Calmest Games
    Calmest Games
    6 dagar sedan

    I suggest using planks of a softer wood assembled similarly to the foam log.

  79. Andrew A.
    Andrew A.
    7 dagar sedan

    I'm sure his wife's hair turned white a long time ago with all the stress he gives her so she just colors it now.

  80. Darthfett
    7 dagar sedan

    2:07 Konami Code!

  81. Christopher James Blackwell
    Christopher James Blackwell
    7 dagar sedan

    Can this baby make ice sculptures?

  82. Isabella Electrum - Virtual YouTuber
    Isabella Electrum - Virtual YouTuber
    7 dagar sedan

    Eagerly awaiting the next video~

  83. Brendan Foeppel
    Brendan Foeppel
    7 dagar sedan

    Hey, I have an idea for something you can make. I have a vintage Motorola car phone in my 88 Cadillac and I am trying to figure out a way to convert it to Bluetooth so that when my cell phone rings it gets sent to the car phone in the center console and I can receive and make phone calls on the factory brick phone. I can't find anything online in terms of forums, diagrams, or instructional videos. I think that would be a cool project that would get tons of views.

  84. Akshai
    7 dagar sedan

    You should do a colab with Michael Reeves.. Plan something together.. It'll be huge 👌

  85. Deepak Pandey
    Deepak Pandey
    7 dagar sedan

    No one will read this but i did🤣@stuffmadehere

  86. Deepak Pandey
    Deepak Pandey
    7 dagar sedan

    What he uses to draw other than ipad

  87. Andrija Vasiljevic
    Andrija Vasiljevic
    7 dagar sedan

    Can you please call the lockpicking lawyer and ask him to pick your lock? I have been waiting for the video for months..

  88. David Stenström
    David Stenström
    7 dagar sedan

    I always feel safest when robots are caged in secure robot zones. ;) None of these security measures are ok. You should try partner with Pilz or Sick for machine security or alteast ask someone who built machine security.

  89. Cameron Swan
    Cameron Swan
    7 dagar sedan

    Disappointed you pussied out and went for foam.

  90. TheBoraxKid
    7 dagar sedan

    SMH: "Before everyone tells me, I know that a rapidly exploring random tree is probably the way to go here" me: "yeah thats exactly what I was gonna say"

  91. I TA
    I TA
    8 dagar sedan

    I am amazed at ALL the things he thinks of. Makes me feel really dumb. AND HE'S FUNNY.

  92. Yedy Booz
    Yedy Booz
    8 dagar sedan

    Slot could go wrong

  93. David Novak
    David Novak
    8 dagar sedan

    FYI pretty much throughout the video, the chain was suuuuuuper loose. Also, I didn't look closely at your conversion, but bar and chain oil is important when cutting wood with a chainsaw. Also, your chain doesn't appear to have any anti-kickback features. I prefer going without the safety features anyway, but that tooth you pointed out is simply a raker (aka depth gauge). What could be wrong if your chain isn't dull, is that the rakers may not have been filed down low enough the last time the chain was sharpened (The height on the raker determines how much material the blade part sees at once.)

  94. joshua cotter
    joshua cotter
    8 dagar sedan

    yesssss love this dude

  95. Peter - Kåre Skak Pedersen
    Peter - Kåre Skak Pedersen
    8 dagar sedan

    “so I know when the robot is in kill-mode” Hold my coffee (while I run)

  96. Smiling X4-18
    Smiling X4-18
    8 dagar sedan

    Hey Stuff Made Here, if you need to compute more faster take a look on CUDA (its basically C++ langage). Deppending of your graphic card you can compute all you need more or less faster. (I succed to pass from ~8k year computation in Node to 1day and half with CUDA). I'm a big fan of your work, please continue.

  97. curkkic
    8 dagar sedan

    With gradient ascent, you simply take multiple starting points and let the calculations tell you true summit.

  98. Buddy 713
    Buddy 713
    8 dagar sedan

    Props to SADK. Did a hell of a job with the difficult task of AKSFJLAKFJ.

  99. Tanner Animation
    Tanner Animation
    8 dagar sedan

    ###""" Challenge """### Make a RC that doubles as a drone. Having Wheals that double as a Propellers. Rules: -RC must have 4 Wheals in land mode and must have 4 propellers in flight mode. -Propellers and Wheals must be one and the same. -Transformation Legs or landing Legs are allowed. -Transformation legs or landing legs can not have any additional Wheals or propellers. -Drone must be able to vertically take off with an initial velocity of 0.0. -Drone must be able to maintain stable flight and perform controlled manoeuvres. -After Drone has completed manoeuvres. Drone must be able to land in the same spot it took off from. -No parts can be added or subtracted before, during, or after transformation, between land and flight mode. I look forward to seeing some new results.

  100. Philip Carlson
    Philip Carlson
    8 dagar sedan

    best SEget channel no doubt