Related Glossary Terms
- computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
computer-aided manufacturing ( CAM)
Use of computers to control machining and manufacturing processes.
- gang cutting ( milling)
gang cutting ( milling)
Machining with several cutters mounted on a single arbor, generally for simultaneous cutting.
Machining operation in which material is removed from the workpiece by a powered abrasive wheel, stone, belt, paste, sheet, compound, slurry, etc. Takes various forms: surface grinding (creates flat and/or squared surfaces); cylindrical grinding (for external cylindrical and tapered shapes, fillets, undercuts, etc.); centerless grinding; chamfering; thread and form grinding; tool and cutter grinding; offhand grinding; lapping and polishing (grinding with extremely fine grits to create ultrasmooth surfaces); honing; and disc grinding.
Machining operation in which metal or other material is removed by applying power to a rotating cutter. In vertical milling, the cutting tool is mounted vertically on the spindle. In horizontal milling, the cutting tool is mounted horizontally, either directly on the spindle or on an arbor. Horizontal milling is further broken down into conventional milling, where the cutter rotates opposite the direction of feed, or “up” into the workpiece; and climb milling, where the cutter rotates in the direction of feed, or “down” into the workpiece. Milling operations include plane or surface milling, endmilling, facemilling, angle milling, form milling and profiling.
Abrasive process that improves surface finish and blends contours. Abrasive particles attached to a flexible backing abrade the workpiece.
Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.
Hypertherm, a U.S. based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software, today announced an update to its Robotmaster® offline robot programming software. This new version 7.5 update focuses on accelerating and simplifying the programming process and includes new features for a variety of robotic applications. Key highlights include:
- New material removal simulation capabilities so users can visually see what the material removal process will look like. This can help users forecast whether a collision between the robotic arm and stock material could occur in real life.
- Improvements to the overall user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) for easier and faster programming. Users will experience an improved tab system menu design, a cleaner interface, and many other improvements for an overall 50 percent reduction in programming time.
- Streamlined programming using two new modes: Operation-focused and Orientation helper. Operation-focused consolidates the tools and workflows needed for an error-free program onto one window while Orientation helper, with its combination of axis configuration and optimized automatic path planning, provides live feedback on the feasibility of a planned operation. This makes it ideal for task experts with no robotics experience.
- Enhanced CAM functionality to manage and store operation parameters in an optimized manner resulting in a smoother programming experience.
- Formalized and enhanced support for macros to manage and validate robot behavior outside of the trajectory scope. A new feature called Macro manager ensures an error- and collision-free path between operations and the executed external macro.
- New simplified processor framework allows users to make updates with minimal training and no coding experience.
“With a rising interest in robotic offline applications, programming challenges increase with new customer requests. Robotmaster V7.5, with its latest set of new features and improvements, like the re-designed tab system and the new interactive tool orientation scan, improves upon Robotmaster's well known state-of-the-art tools to satisfy the market needs, setting an exciting new milestone for the extremely capable V7 architecture,” said Alfonso Lopez, an applications team manager with IntercamSA, a European based distributor of Robotmaster software.
Robotmaster, a Hypertherm brand, is an offline robot programming software that helps manufacturers maximize their robot’s productivity with easy and efficient robot programming for a variety of applications such as cutting, trimming, milling, welding, spraying, polishing, sanding, grinding, deburring, and more. Robotmaster uses integrated CAD/CAM functionality to make robotic programming easy and intuitive for everyone, even first-time users.