[ros-users] Phobos: 3D robot modelling with Blender

Kai von Szadkowski kai.von-szadkowski at uni-bremen.de
Tue Oct 14 14:12:51 UTC 2014

Hi everyone,

I'm working with the University of Bremen and the German Research Center 
for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). We've recently decided to switch 
from our own data format to using URDF for the kinematic descriptions of 
our robots.

We already used the 3D modelling software Blender to create our models, 
exporting them using a bunch of python scripts as we didn't fancy 
creating models by hand. Building on these scripts, we have started to 
develop a full-blown add-on for Blender designed for simplifying robot 
model editing. It's called 'Phobos' and can be found on GitHub: 

I haven't been able to track down anything comparable in the ROS and 
Gazebo world and figured this might be interesting for some people here. 
There's an overview in the README file on github and already some 
documentation explaining the overall concepts and how to get started. 
We're certainly far from delivering a bug-free "consumer product", but 
if somebody is interested and finds the time to take a glance, we're 
very happy for any feedback.



  Kai von Szadkowski (M.Sc.)
  Space Robotics

  Universität Bremen
  FB 3 - Mathematik und Informatik
  AG Robotik
  Robert-Hooke-Straße 1
  28359 Bremen, Germany
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