CNC robotics can refer to any additional robotic processes that aid the process of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) Machining.
A leading process in the automation of manufacturing, CNC Machining is extremely popular when it comes to mass producing and delivering of high quality parts and products for various industries. This includes the medical industry, the aerospace industry and can also include the robotics sector.
Not only can CNC machines benefit from the implementation of robotics, robotic parts themselves can also be manufactured through CNC machining. This article focuses on how robots can be used to improve CNC machines, as well as commenting on how CNC Machines can assist in the manufacturing of robotic components.
Producing CNC Parts for the Robotics Industry
CNC Machining is regularly used to produce bespoke parts for the robotic industry. Often robotic applications are highly tailored to their use case. This makes CNC Machining the ideal manufacturing option due to being able to economically unique parts at low volumes. Examples of where CNC Machining can be used to produce robotics parts include:
- Robotic End Effectors
- Custom Jigs and Fixtures
- Material/Part handling and storage
Why is CNC Machining the best process for producing Robotic parts?
In addition to the economic benefits of using CNC Machining to produce custom parts, over other molding or additive processes, there are a number of key reasons why CNC machining is the process of choice.
Firstly, lead times for CNC machined parts are comparatively lower than many other processes. From design to final part can take as little as a few hours. This allows for the rapid iteration and refinement that many custom robotic applications require.
Secondly, dimensional accuracy is vital in robotics. Robots often work between fixed points in space and can’t accept large deviations in dimensional accuracy. At Get It Made, we offer CNC Machining to a standard tolerance of ±0.05mm, and higher tolerances on request. This is crucial for applications that demand precise and highly repeatable movements.
Finally, CNC Machining allows for the surface finish to be controlled precisely. In many robotic cases where gripping or suction is required, part flatness and surface roughness are critical properties. CNC Machining can produce parts to a surface roughness of Ra 0.8μm and even lower with additional finishing processes.