Robotic programming

CAD/CAM specialist Delcam, now a part of Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, Calif.) showed JEC Europe 2014 attendees how to program complex robotic machining operations, using its PowerMILL Robot CAM system.

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CAD/CAM specialist Delcam (Birmingham, U.K.), now a part of Autodesk Inc. (San Rafael, Calif.) showed JEC Europe 2014 attendees how to program complex robotic machining operations, using its PowerMILL Robot CAM system. Delcam notes that robots programmed with PowerMILL Robot are already used in the aerospace composites sector to manufacture of models, patterns, molds and fixtures for component manufacture, and for the finish machining of composite parts. The software’s core functionality consists of three main steps: programming, simulation (including analysis) and creation of the robot programs. PowerMILL Robot reportedly can be used to simulate the complete machining operation and to control the robot’s movements through different variables, such as axis limits, axis priorities and workplane constraints. Various aspects within the configuration of the robot cell, such as axis limits, tool constraints and home position, can be defined, and the simulation of the robot then can be completed within those constraints.