Boosting Automation in Car Modeling via 3D

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 19, 2015
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MONTREAL, CA: Robotmaster, a developer of CAD/CAM based robot programming, optimization and simulation has come up with a solution for automotive car modeling that uses robots and automatic programming.

Unlike the traditional method that requires manual building and modification for new car model prototype or technical component, this method is carried out using 3D design software where it is then passed to a sculptor to model the clay in the form of a car. This clay prototype is machined using robots. The software allows for simulation, validation and optimization to robotic motion by turning a virtual car model into reality.

“With a 3D model, the robot trajectory is optimized to produce a precise and error-free robot program. Because this is programming and simulation software, it graphically displays robotic errors such as: joint limits, singularities, out of reach and collisions. The programming software is developed to work with each robot manufacturer’s code to generate optimized robot motion,” states Carlos Marcovici, Robotmaster Distributor, Brazil.

One of the key features of Robotmaster is that a robot trajectory is created directly off the 3D geometry. “With Robotmaster, you get optimized error-free robot programs. A proven solution within the aerospace, transport, and high technology industries to name a few, Robotmaster is also well poised within the automotive sector. Featured on Brazilian television, a story showcased a miniature version of the statue of Christ being milled using Robotmaster software, after being 3D scanned by a drone. Marcovici is quick to illustrate that Robotmaster can also be used for 3D printing of miniature sculptures,” continued Marcovici.

Furthermore, Marcovici goes on to state that, “This software is ideally suited to program robots for such tasks as material removal in milling, deburring, drilling, laser cutting, and plasma cutting on top of additive manufacturing such as laser cladding, welding, and non-contact inspection.” Common robot programming challenges typically include intricate user intervention or costly manual editing. “By optimizing robot programs, users can see a significant increase in productivity while generating more profit with their robot, using robots for short production runs, and delivering closest conformance to design”, mentions Marcovici.