Polishing/Sanding

Robots produce consistent, high-quality finishing with greater throughput while reducing the exposure of workers to the contaminants, noise and monotony of grinding, polishing and sanding processes. Robotmaster rapidly creates robot paths directly from the CAD model, even for setups in which the robot moves the part, using process knowledge to fine-tune for optimum surface finish and predictable results.

Advantages for polishing/sanding application

Programs for robotic polishing & sanding applications can be generated from the CAD model and subsequently modified with minimal effort to adjust for:

  • Change in tool shape
  • Diameter of polishing wheel or brush
  • Depth of passes
  • Number of passes
  • Automatically manage and change the distance between steps without re-programming the part
  • Ability to program and manage tool tilt directions for optimal surface contact increasing the surface finish quality and tool life
  • Tool orientations can be managed automatically to optimize the program for minimal wrist rotation and maximize robot reach
  • Joint repositioning tools can be used to easily control the robot configurations and wrist winding/unwinding for optimal polishing trajectories
  • Calibration tools that compensate for actual part setup

Videos

Simulation of a blisk

Simulation of a propeller using a Fanuc robot

Simulation of polishing a prosthetic knee

Simulation of polishing