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Updating URDF

Changing the Tool

If you wish to remove the default gripper and add a different tool, you will typically edit /stretch_description/urdf/stretch_description.xacro. Specifically, you will replace the following line to include the XACRO for the new tool and then follow directions within stretch_ros/stretch_calibration to generate a new calibrated URDF file (stretch.urdf) that includes the new tool.

<xacro:include filename="stretch_gripper.xacro" />

As an example, we provide the stretch_dry_erase_marker.xacro file and its dependent mesh files with stretch_ros.

Some of the tools found in the Stretch Body Tool Share include URDF data. To integrate these tools into the URDF for your Stretch

cd ~/repos
git clone
cd stretch_tool_share/<tool name>
cp stretch_description/urdf/* ~/catkin_ws/src/stretch_ros/stretch_description/urdf/
cp stretch_description/meshes/* ~/catkin_ws/src/stretch_ros/stretch_description/meshes/

Next add the XACRO file for the particular tool to /stretch_description/urdf/stretch_description.xacro. Then you can generate and preview the uncalibrated URDF:

cd ~/catkin_ws/src/stretch_ros/stretch_description/urdf
cp stretch.urdf stretch.urdf.bak
rosrun stretch_calibration

Now visualize the new tool

roslaunch stretch_calibration simple_test_head_calibration.launch