Robotic machining: status, challenges and future trends

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Robotic machining is considered a viable replacement for large, fixed single-process machines like computer numerical control (CNC) machining and drilling units. Robotic machining is attracting intensive research interests in recent years due to its high efficiency, flexibility, and low cost. However, its industrial adoption is still extremely limited. This paper systematically reviewed the status of major robotic machining processes, including milling, drilling, polishing, and finishing. The key focus was to identify the challenges of robotics machining that derive from low stiffness, poor positional accuracy, and current approaches to over these challenges. The paper concluded with future research trends and the potential of robotic machining.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 30 Jun 2023
EventICAC 2023: 28th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing - Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 Aug 20231 Sept 2023


ConferenceICAC 2023: 28th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing
Abbreviated titleICAC
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • robotic machining
  • error compensation
  • stiffness


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