Hello everyone. Here is my contrubution to this interesting topic.
I’ve been working with KUKA Quantec KR 120 and KUKA HA 60. Both machines are just perfect, reliable, strong, precise and Quantec looks a bit more sexy … The HA robot has also external turntable attached and it boosts it’s possibilities. Milling 2 x 2 meter freeform surface (front hood of a racer) on single run was not a big deal.
KUKA|prc is excellent plugin with a great support of @johannes and it’s easy to learn and intuitive to use.
Now I finally have the experience with another manufacturer - Universal Robots. We have one UR10 CB3 to “play” with (maybe some foamboard milling, pick&place tasks, drawing, 3D printing…). Well, it’s different machine for different purpose. I haven’t tested all its possibilities yet. But what is cool is the possibility of free positioning by hands. It’s also easy to replace to different location, no need to calibrate the system and so on - just some solid steel frame base is enough.
But the biggest limitation for me is Grasshopper plugin called HAL. It’s still buggy and definitely not straighforward or intuitive. For me, the price doesn’t correspond to my user’s experience.
I will difinitely try other plugins mentioned here in this thread.
And if there’s someone, who is using HAL plugin… I will be really glad for somene else’s experience or advices.