Robotic Milling main elements

Robotic Milling Advantages

Robotic Milling performs precise cuts and movements for a better quality product. Therefore, milling robot cell brings a high level of flexibility and accuracy because industrial robots can produce high-quality, complex and exceptional geometric parts. Even so, they are able to mill any object of any size or shape within its envelope by just adjusting the robot offline programming and end-of-arm-tooling.

Robotic Milling makes the process of milling more economical for wood, plastic, metal, carbon fibre and aluminium. In addition, it’s a high degree of flexibility and large working envelope/cost makes it much cheaper than the equivalent CNC Machines. Also, industrial robots are flexible and they have the ability to carry out six-axis tool paths.

More and more we are finding industrial robots in milling and trimming operations instead of CNC machines. There are two main advantages of using industrial robot:

  • It is possible to mill big things and it is much cheaper than CNC machines.
  • Robots have the ability to mill from different directions including under cutting.
  • By combining the robot with an integrated external axis. It is possible to mill more complex shapes

  • Two considerations to take into account with robotic milling

    There two ways to program the accuracy of the milling operations. Firstly, using the teach pendant and saving the position. Also, using an offline program to generate the positions.

    Secondly, robots are more rigid than a CNC machine.  It is also important to consider rigidity of the robot. Industrial Robots achieve greater reach. In other words, we don’t normally consider robots for milling hard materials like steel.

    Having talked about the advantages and considerations to take into account let’s have a look at the main elements of the robotic milling cells.


    Robotic milling cell

    Main Elements that make up the majority of Milling Cells

  • The robot itself, the best option on the market based on specifications. Industrial robots varies according to the operation.
  • You need to consider the envelope, payload and rigidity of the robot.
  • The spindle that will be carrying out the cutting or milling process.
  • Robot Controller capacity based on complex of the milling.
  • The spindle will need to be of sufficient power to work the largest cutter.
  • Integrated external axis, if required.
  • Basic or integrated robotic milling turntable
  • Milling robots tool changer if needed
  • Robotic milling spindle

    TOP 5 Benefits of Robotic milling

  • Increase Flexibility: Robots greatly increase the flexibility of milling scope compared to traditional machining centres. A six-axis robot allied with an integrated turntable will greatly increase the possibilities of cutting complex shapes.
  • Lower Cost: Especially in the case of large workpieces, milling robots can work out significantly cheaper than the equivalent CNC solution.

  • Through the flexibility of six axes, the robot supports undercuts and can work from all directions. An open architecture of cell design allowing for easier process flow.

  • More Elements to consider when investing in Milling Robot Cell

    Consult with your robotic integrator before you proceed to purchase the following

    • To control the complete cell a safety panel which is connected to the robot controller. 
    • For mounting the part or material to be milled will usually be some form of table.
    • The milling cell require a guarding to protect the staff whilst the robot is working in automatic.
    • We would normally recommend an offline programming package to generate the milling paths from CAD data. 

    System Integrator for your Milling Project

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