Future Beacon

Closed-Loop Machining

by James Adrian

      Closed-loop machining is an almost unused method that represents an opportunity for machine shops in the coming years. The technique utilizes a machining element on the end of a robotic arm that behaves much like the arm of a sculptor. Like Soft Robotics the parts of the arm need not be made with precision because the sculpting precision is provide by the closed-loop control enforced by the electronics (the sensing and computing).

      Any machine shop with the help of engineering services or in-house engineers can make it happen. The applications are very numerous. So are the opportunities for better cost competition and growth.


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