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Strange numbers in "Create your own urdf file" URDF's tutorial

asked 2017-12-24 23:15:24 -0600

SerSav gravatar image

Hello! I recently started studying ROS and now I'm considering this tutorial

I don't understand how the axis xyz values (from Completing the Kinematics) was calculated. The follow values are given at first:

  <axis xyz="0 1 0" />

for joint2 and

<axis xyz="-0.707 0.707 0" />

for joint1.

But after that in the general .XML file are given:

 <axis xyz="-0.707 0.707 0" />

for joint2 and

<axis xyz="-0.9 0.15 0" />

for joint1.

As i know vectors for axis xyz should be normalized, but "-0.9 0.15 0" is not normalized. What are the correct values? Thanks.

I use Ubuntu 16.04 and ROS kinetic.

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Just divide each each component by the magnitude. Then, perhaps, you can update the wiki to help others out.

jayess gravatar image jayess  ( 2017-12-26 11:02:16 -0600 )edit

I think it's an error since 0 1 0 is already normalized. It should be 0 1 0 in my opinion.

Airuno2L gravatar image Airuno2L  ( 2018-01-26 06:46:40 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-01-26 05:31:09 -0600

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According to my view it depends on your joint type if it is revolute or translational joint. Ex. if your joint is revolute and axis of rotation is around z axis, simply put

<axis xyz="0 0 1"/>

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