Development of CAM system based on industrial robotic servo controller without using robot language

Fusaomi Nagata, Sho Yoshitake, Akimasa Otsuka, Keigo Watanabe, Maki K. Habib

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This paper describes the development of a robotic CAM system for an articulated industrial robot RV1A from the view point of robotic servo controller. It is defined here that the CAM system includes an important function which allows an industrial robot to move along cutter location data (CL data) consisting of position and orientation components. In addition, the developed CAM system has a high applicability to other industrial robots whose servo systems are technically opened to end-users. The developed robotic CAM system works as a straightforward interface between a general CAD/CAM and an industrial robot. At the present stage, the relationship between CAD/CAM and industrial robots is not well established compared to NC machine tools that are widely spread in manufacturing industries. The CAM systems for NC machine tools are already established, however, the CAM system for industrial robots has not been sufficiently considered and developed yet. A teaching pendant is generally used to obtain position and orientation data of the arm tip before an industrial robot works. Here, in order to enhance the relationship between a conventional CAD/CAM system and an industrial robot, a simple and straightforward CAM system without using any robot language is developed and implemented. The basic design of the robotic CAM system and the experimental results are presented in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


  • Cutter location data
  • Industrial robot
  • Robot language
  • Robotic CAM system
  • Robotic servo system
  • Teaching pendant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • General Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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