Grinding and Finishing

Robotic Surface Grinding and Finishing

Surface grinding and finishing, such as sanding and polishing, are time-consuming and labor-intensive processes that require the operator to have stamina and technical skill to perform manually.

Robots are being used to perform these surfacing applications to achieve a consistent, high-quality finish while reducing the occurrence of injury and environmental risks, such as dust or vibration, to a human operator. With Robotmaster, manufacturers can rapidly generate robot path trajectories directly from the CAD model for a variety of robot brands. Built with embedded process knowledge, the need for highly experienced users is reduced and the result is an optimal surface finish and predictable results.

Key features:

  • Automatically generate paths from the CAD model
  • Ensure program feasibility on large parts with complex paths
  • Manipulate process-specific parameters such as feed-rates, RPM, forces, passes, penetration depth etc., with ease
  • Control tool orientations for optimal surface contact
  • Optimize the program path to avoid errors and collisions
  • Visualize depth during simulation
  • Achieve consistent, accurate, high-quality finishes, and scratch patterns
  • Eliminate the need to rework parts
  • Reduce programming time from days to minutes
  • Maximize robotic profitability

Surface grinding and finishing applications available via Robotmaster

  • Sanding
  • Grinding
  • Surface conditioning
  • Texturing
  • Polishing
  • Buffing
  • Shot peening
  • Hammer peening
  • Laser hardening
  • Laser abrasion
  • Media blasting
  • Linishing

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McStarlite Case Study

Case Study: McStarlite Aircraft Engine Lipskin Polishing

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Case Study Video: McStarlite Aircraft Engine Lipskin Polishing

Other resources

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Simulation of a blisk

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Simulation of a propeller using a Fanuc robot

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Simulation of polishing a prosthetic knee

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Simulation of polishing