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RoMeLa I

RoMeLa I is a 1,074 sq. ft. a state-of-the-art robotics research facility for graduate and undergraduate research and education with an emphasis on studying mobile robot locomotion.

This laboratory has an office space area with desks and workstations, a conference room with modular furniture, a computer projector, a teleconferencing system for meetings, a library of technical journals/publications, and a kitchenette. The flexible conference room can be reorganized to perform larger scale experiments when RoMeLa II is unavailable; similar to RoMeLa II, it has 2 large white walls with grids on them for recording and measuring the motion of robots, and a modular lighting system with dimmers for controlling the lighting condition for robot vision systems.

RoMeLa I Equipment

  • Tormach PCNC 1100 CNC Milling Machine
    • Used to fabricate smaller parts and to train new lab members on tool pathing and safety procedures.
  • Simulation Workstation
    • 4.5 GHz 6-core i7, 16GB RAM, dual GTX680 graphics
  • CAD/CAM workstation
    • 3.6 GHz Quad core i7, 16GB RAM, GTX680 graphics

Tormach Pcnc 1100 Cnc Milling Machine

Housed in the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, the PCNC 1100 Mill is capable of machining plastics, wood, aluminum, and steel at feed rates up to 65 IMP. Accessories include an 8” 4th Axis Table and a Deluxe Machine Stand which incorporates a coolant system. The table size is 34” x 9.5”, with a maximum working area of 18” x 9.5” x 16.25” (X,Y,Z). For more information see http://www.tormach.com/.



RoMeLa II is a critical 1,500 sq. ft. extension to RoMeLa's state-of-the-art research facility. RoMeLa II provides an assembly and experiment area with workbenches and cabinets with mechanical components and various mechatronics equipment, and a fully operational machine shop with various general purpose machine tools. This large laboratory is used to perform larger scale experiments equipped with 2 large white gridded walls for recording and measuring the motion of robots, a modular lighting system with dimmers for controlling the lighting condition for robot vision systems, a transportable full-scale RoboCup regulation robot soccer playing field, and a display area for displaying the many robot prototypes developed at RoMeLa.

Computer Equipment

  • Server (Xserve dual G5) with 2.2 TB of storage (Xserve RAID)

Mechanical Equipment

  • Bridgeport GX480 3-axis CNC machine with 20 tool changer
  • Baileigh TY-1340GHE precision lathe
  • Baileigh BSV-16 15” vertical band saw
  • Baileigh DP-1000G 16” gear driven drill press

Bridgeport GX480 3-Axis CNC Machine Baileigh TY-1340GHE Lathe

Electronics Equipment

  • Agilent Technologies DSO7034B oscilloscope: 350MHz, 4 channels
  • Tektronix TDS2012 oscilloscope
  • Agilent 33220A function generator
  • Weller WHA3000P hot air rework station
  • Weller WX-1 digital soldering station
  • Smart reflow oven

Future additions

  • 48” wide "Tuff Tread" research treadmill


RoMeLa III is a 850 sq ft high bay garage which houses a number of current projects and manufacturing equipment.

Universal Laser System: V-460 Laser Cutter

The Universal Laser Systems V-460 Laser Cutter is designed to make intricate engravings or precision cuts through thin wood or plastic.

  • 24” x 18” work area
  • Patented Cross-Platform Compatibility with all ULS aircooled
  • Quick Change Laser Cartridges™
  • RACER™ Motion Technology for fast job processing
  • Complete selection of productivity accessories

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The device is a free-standing unit with a motorized Z-axis, auto-focus, and X-Y beam positioning. The maximum work volume is 2 x 1.5 x 0.75 feet. This laser system is mostly used to cut Acrylic parts (as thick as 0.5 inches), however a few other plastics and woods can be cut easily. For additional info go to http://www.ulsinc.com/.

Formech Compac Midi Vacuum Forming Machine

Housed in the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, the Formech Compac Midi Vacuum Forming Machine can produce 18”x18”plastic moldings with a maximum draw height of 8”.

The following materials are used with this vacuum forming machine: Polystyrene, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETG), Low Density and High Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene. Other plastics can be used, but with more difficulty. Additionally, the maximum material dimensions are 18”(Width) x 18” (Depth) x 0.25” (Thickness). For more information visit http://www.formech.com.

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Future Additions

The new 2,500 Sq. Ft. RoMeLa is planned to open on the third floor of the Engineering IV Building at UCLA.

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