The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology

, Volume 66, Issue 9, pp 1489-1497

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Robot machining: recent development and future research issues

  • Yonghua ChenAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong Email author 
  • , Fenghua DongAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong


Early studies on robot machining were reported in the 1990s. Even though there are continuous worldwide researches on robot machining ever since, the potential of robot applications in machining has yet to be realized. In this paper, the authors will first look into recent development of robot machining. Such development can be roughly categorized into researches on robot machining system development, robot machining path planning, vibration/chatter analysis including path tracking and compensation, dynamic, or stiffness modeling. These researches will obviously improve the accuracy and efficiency of robot machining and provide useful references for developing robot machining systems for tasks once thought to only be capable by CNC machines. In order to advance the technology of robot machining to the next level so that more practical and competitive systems could be developed, the authors suggest that future researches on robot machining should also focus on robot machining efficiency analysis, stiffness map-based path planning, robotic arm link optimization, planning, and scheduling for a line of machining robots.


Robot machining NC path planning Machining efficiency Industrial robots Joint stiffness