Some Featured Projects
|Precision Ping Pong Ball Robot Thrower
||Ping Pong Ball Hitter
|Precision Ping Pong ball Robot Thrower: dream to emulate Kobe the basket ball player
||Real Time Physical Computing for a 3dof robot leg
|Variable pitch water screw designed and built by Frank and his M.Eng student Andre Willy
||Design model of robot Eagle bird tail|
Featured Research Project Artificial muscle
|New artificial muscle prototype
||New artificial muscle oscillating at 1.5Hz
|3dof leg in realtime demonstration
||Robot Eagle Bird Tail demonstration flight control motions
This is Frank programming a CNC milling machine
A CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine, is a high precision machine that you program to cut material, e.g. plastic, aluminium, into almost any shape you can imagine. The machine is a “subtractive” machine, i.e. it removes unwanted material from a block, as compared to an “additive machine”, e.g. a 3-d printer, that starts by building up a shape from nothing by adding tiny amounts of material to itself like bees when they build their hive. Both machines have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Dr. Francis Frank Nickols is an Associate Professor of Mechatronics and Control Engineering at University of Nottingham Ningbo China, UNNC. This is a British University in China, Zhejiang Province, city of Ningbo which is south of Shanghai on the eastern seaboard of China. Ningbo is a pleasant city with parks and canals everywhere and many people, including Frank, whizzing around on electric bikes. He was educated at Christ’s College, Cambridge University U.K. where he received a Bachelor degree in Engineering Science in 1978. Later he received a Masters degree in Electronic Systems Design from Cranfield University, U.K. and a Ph.D. degree in Mechatronics from University of Wales, College of Cardiff, U.K.