Printer Friendly

Router contours aerospace parts.

Router contours aerospace parts

An advanced system for light routing/milling of very large aerospace parts combines a gantry approach with an articulated robot machining head. It offers the ability to attack large, complex parts without expensive fixturing, and it eliminates the need for a variety of expensive custom machine tools. It is used to contour bonded-metal parts, and nonmetallic wing panels and jet-engine struts.

Developed by CIMCORP Precision Systems Inc, St Paul, MN, and called XR 225, the five-axis gantry robot router covers a standard work envelope of 33 ft x 16 ft x 6 ft, and reaches speeds of 400 ipm. A special wrist uses a compact zero-backlash machine-tool construction to hold head sweep and tram run-out to less than 0.001" at the tool point.

The system probes the part for location and performs a six-degree-of-freedom transformation on the part program, aligning it to the actual part orientation. Then, the CNC machining program takes over and executes all machining operations. Spindle-motor choices range to 20 hp and 75,000 rpm.

End-effector options include automatic cutter/bit replacement, drilling, waterjet cutting, and QC inspection probing. Robot dynamics, part probing, and end-effector changing are done automatically. This means that multiple processing of a workpiece can be accomplished in a single setup. Whenever operator intervention is required, such as when a tool called for in the program is not available, an alarm is triggered to notify personnel.
COPYRIGHT 1991 Nelson Publishing
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1991 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Technology Update
Publication:Tooling & Production
Article Type:Product Announcement
Date:Nov 1, 1991
Previous Article:Carbide inserts cut bright future for Iscar.
Next Article:Milacron focuses on core biz.

Related Articles
Aerospace components cut from the solid.
Making hydroforming tools with a copy mill.
CNC software speeds run times.
CMMs measure aerospace precision.
5-axis machines work for aerospace.
Five-axis adds a new machining dimension.
Accuracy leads shop to five-axis machining.
Cabinet door maker presses for maximum flexibility.
An eye for high volume, high speed checking.
A new standard for precision 5-axis machining. (Machining Centers).

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters