CAN ROBOTS REPLACE CNC MACHINING CENTERS?

Digitread launches NX CAM Robotics – a tool that makes it easy to program robots to perform machining-type tasks like milling, deburring, linishing, grinding and polishing. Since robots are cheaper and more flexible than CNC machines, there are high expectations associated with NX CAM Robotics.

There is a big increase in the use of robots in a number of industries. Traditionally, these industrial robots have been limited to tasks like positioning, welding and pick-and-place operations. In recent years, robots have progressed in terms of accuracy and the ability to withstand higher payloads than before, making today’s robots well suited to perform various industrial machining tasks. Another reason that the number of robots is increasing in the industry is that fewer people want to perform repetitive tasks.

More automated production
“We see a trend in which the industry is moving towards more automation and robotization,” says Helge Kjeilen from Digitread.
“Until now, it has been common to use CNC machining for a variety of tasks. But the CNC machines are designed to carry out very specialized work tasks. If we provide robots with different tools that enable them to perform tasks such as milling and polishing, we get a solution that is far more flexible, but also costs less”, he continues.
It’s expensive to scale up CNC machines to perform tasks within as large working areas of movement as you can with robots. Robot cells are a much more affordable way to cover large, multi-axis work envelopes making them suitable for a variety of production tasks.

Great expectations
“These tasks require the robots to perform precise continuous motion, including area coverage patterns and removal of in-process material. It can be challenging to program this type of motion for robots using a manual approach or with some of the existing software tools. NX CAM Robotics software lets you design, simulate, validate, optimize and offline program your industrial robots for machining-type tasks. This solution greatly increases the efficiency and quality of these high-precision, multi-axis robotic operations. Featuring the intuitive and widely accepted NX software 3D environment, the software combines the simplicity of CNC programming with the power to accurately create, control and simulate complex robotic machining processes.”
“Therefore, we have great expectations for NX CAM Robotics and urge everyone who is interested in software for advanced robotic solutions to watch our recorded webinar,” Kjeilen concludes.

See the webinar here:

PUBLISHED: April 13th 2018