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The Robotic Arm and Milling Applications

Industrial robots are changing the face of milling.

Milling is a machining process that uses a spinning, multi-tooth cutter to remove material. Milling is the preferred method for prototyping and mold creation.

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Up to this point, milling has been accomplished with special milling and CNC machines. But milling robots offer advantages over these traditional milling methods. 

  • Flexibility - The typical 6-axis articulated robot offers more movement flexibility than a normal milling machine. A robot can mill a complex part from multiple angles. Instead of having to reposition and re-clamp the prototype or mold again and again, the robot can remain stationary. 
     
  • Throughput - Milling with a robotic arm can increase overall throughput. A robot is more consistent and accurate. With fewer mistakes, and less time spent repositioning a robotic arm mills faster.   
     
  • The Right Touch - Many of the materials used for prototyping and molds are soft - clay, foam, REN board. A robotic arm is well-suited for responding to and working with all types of mediums.  
     
  • Affordability - Milling with a robotic arm is extremely economical. Unlike milling machines, robots can be reassigned to perform other assignments in a shop - arc welding, material handling, etc. They can improve throughput, saving valuable time and increasing production. In addition, a robotic arm can handle more of the milling task without needing human intervention.

    Interested in milling with a robot arm? Call RobotWorx' sales department for information - 740-251-4312.   
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