CAN THE MILLING PROCESS WITH ROBOTS REPLACE A CNC MACHINE TOOL?

The robotic milling application provides flexibility when using different tools in the 3D space, by producing parts of different shapes and sizes with lower operating costs.

Robots are qualified to manufacture complex geometric pieces with higher quality. Automated milling systems can have flexible tools for the removal of a specific material. This type of automated robotics can process a variety of different materials, from alloys to plastics, and from foams to wood.

There are currently industrial robots with a wide range of applications, such as handling, palletizing, welding, assembly, milling, casting, picking, pick & place, polishing, injection molding, quality control, laboratory testing and analysis, and machinery supervision, among others.

In the special case of the machining process, industrial robots appear as a flexible solution that helps save costs compared to traditional machine tools. Automated programming for robotic machining applications can significantly improve accuracy in milling operations.

Why automate the milling process with industrial robots?

Robotic milling is the process of cutting material from a model to form a specific structure, executing a single routine following a set of circular or linear interpolations of 3D-Curves or PTP. Automated robot milling systems may have flexible tools designed for easy adaptation, although it is a new application that is not being widely used. However, programming systems are still being developed to optimize multiple tasks and geometries.

Advantages of industrial robots in the milling application

A standard 6-axis industrial robot offers greater flexibility of movement by milling complex parts from multiple angles while maintaining its stable position, providing efficient use of the workspace.

Robotic milling can execute the application without the need for human intervention, it is cheaper, it can be reassigned to perform other tasks such as 3D printing and milling or drawing.

Robot calibration: the robot can refer to its own position for the model.

A robot is more resistant and precise, it reduces errors and is faster, reducing commissioning time, improving performance, saving time and increasing production.

CAD-CAM

The CAD-CAM solution applied to industrial robots generates greater efficiency in the milling process, ease in 3D movement design, a highly intuitive interface and a variety of configurations for a wide range of processes, thus significantly simplifying your workflow.