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'Darwin2k' is a robotics design and simulation program. Its simulation capabilities support engineering design and controller prototyping for robotic application; for example, it includes detailed motor and gearhead performance models, and the ability to estimate stresses in structural elements during simulation. Darwin2K is *not* an end-user application. Most uses will require at least a little coding, usually to specify application-specific robot controllers and models, high-level task descriptions, or specialized simulation components. That being said, Darwin2K does include a range of general-purpose robot models, controllers, and simulation and analysis capabilities, useful in a wide range of robot design and programming applications, that eliminate most of the work in developing a task-specific simulation or optimized robot prototype. The system also includes a distributed evolutionary algorithm for automated synthesis and optimization.


User reference manual available in HTML format from; User tutorial available in PDF format from


Download version 0.90 (stable)
released on 4 February 2002

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Janet Casey1 July 2002

Leaders and contributors

Chris Leger Maintainer

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Developer VCS Repository Webview
Developer Mailing List Info/Archive
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use xforms
Required to use OpenGL *or* MesaGL *or* OpenInventor
Required to build GNU libtool 1.4
Required to build GNU autoconf 2.52
Required to build GNU automake 1.5
Required to use Perl 5.000 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 31 August 2010.


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