ProblemAdditive manufactured components often exhibit high surface roughness and visible layers. Parts that require or will benefit from localised polishing are typically finished by hand or in a rigid machine tool. Both methods are expensive and suffer from quality issues due to the surface variability often found in AM parts. Manual polishing varies over time and from worker to worker leading to unacceptable inconsistencies in production.
SolutionRivelin's metalworking tools are used to finish, fettle, linish and polish in a wide range of metallic, plastic and composite materials. Our robots adapt to surface feature variability using a 3D vision system and dynamic planning capability. Our force control system reacts to machining forces and tracks a desired polishing pressure to achieve a consistent surface finish. Our no-code programming interface allows users to select individual surfaces for finishing.