Over the last ten years, automated finishing tools have improved in accuracy and adaptability. Laser cutting, water jet cutting, and routing are popular cutting processes. Research and investments in artificial intelligence and 3D vision have led to advances in these techniques. Accuracy, flexibility, and throughput have improved as a result of these advances.
Improvements in laser cutting tools
Since their appearance in the 1960s, laser cutting robots have come a long way. This equipment has a higher performance level that comes close to matching the precision of CNC machines at a faster rate. Steel constructions, die-cast aluminum, car panels and other materials are laser cut.
Some industries are merging welding robots with laser cutting tools to create a more flexible manufacturing line. Several technologies rely on a high power laser to cut the material in a narrow area. The tool, which is attached to a six-axis robot, can cut along any required edge.
Laser cutting robotics should be considered by manufacturers who want to speed up the process of secondary and finished cutting of items without sacrificing accuracy. They produce faster than manual cutting and CNC. Laser cutting now has more flexibility and precision thanks to modern technology. Companies use automated laser cutting technology to reduce product waste and increase output from product cutting processes.
Abrasive water jet cutting is a newer technique that mixes garnet particles into the water stream to erode harder materials. Waterjet cutting uses a high-speed stream of water to cut or pierce the material and, unlike laser cutting, does not involve any thermal processing. Some materials, such as tempered glass, are at risk of breaking when cut by a jet of water.
In manufacturing, automated routing is used to remove material and trim items. It is used for activities that require more precision than manual techniques can provide. A company’s automated routing system performs the drilling of fiberglass boat parts. The company’s parts must be drilled and cut to exact specifications. Workers can spend their time on more useful tasks thanks to new automated tools. The automotive, aerospace, marine, and prototyping sectors are common places to find these robots.
There are a variety of automation methods available for material cutting applications. A company must conduct constant research to determine which cutting process is best suited for the job at hand. Consider the size, substance, and thickness of the product, as well as the flexibility and tools required to cut it. Automated material cutting, when properly integrated, provides great benefits such as higher manufacturing output and fewer product errors.

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