Machining with Robots
Several exhibitors at the recent EMO show in Hannover, Germany, featured demonstrations of robotic arms wielding live cutting tools such as end mills or face mills. Perhaps the most dramatic demo was presented by Delcam to showcase this CAM developer’s PowerMill Robot Interface. The interface is designed for programming robots to do multi-axis machining operations. The demo consisted of two FANUC robots working together to carve the rhinoceros-like head of a greatly enlarged fantasy action figure. On robot manipulated the pallet-mounted workpiece, while the other robot maneuvered the powered end mill.