Industrial robots are not just machines for heavy and routine tasks, there are already many success stories in many industrial, service and creative fields where these equipment are useful tools and in many cases necessary.
One of the fields benefited by the use of industrial robots is that of wood as an artistic production tool.
Wood milling with industrial robots can perform precise cuts and movements for a better quality product. There is a high potential for robotics and automation for the lumber sector.
Robotic and automated processes can handle the most dangerous tasks with a smaller margin of error. Automation offers great potential for improving machine productivity and reducing investment costs.
Compared to other wood profiling machines, a robotic arm offers a larger workspace at a lower cost. Any type of wood (basswood, oak and cherry, soft wood and Hornbeam) can be milled regardless of size or shape simply by using the software with the robot programming and the suitable end-of-arm tools.
Robotic milling makes the 3D milling process more economical for wood. Furthermore, its high level of flexibility and its high work cost / overlay make it much cheaper than similar machines.
An example of art made by robotic milling process is that of a portrait of the Rector of the Vienna University of Applied Arts, Gerald Bast. Control software and an industrial robot were used to precisely outline the face on a piece of wood.
Robotic milling for wood brings excellent advantages to processes such as the easy configuration of robots to operate them from one process to another, ideal for large-scale projects and that present difficulties, robots provide precision, speed and quality.
And they offer benefits such as, Time saving, shorter delivery times, constant and even milling, a product manufactured with high precision, providing high-quality three-dimensional shaped objects.
A well programmed robotic milling system will have an important achievement in the efficiency of the wood mill. Using the industrial robot as a tool and not as a substitute for the carpenter.
Working with the industrial robot in the wood sector has resulted in a list of artistic works.