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02-28-2018 02:26 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc robot

This takes CNC to a whole new level. Could be the end of custom shop woodworking as we know it.

https://techxplore.com/news/2018-02-custom-carpentry-robots.html

-- Sawdust Maker


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#1 posted 02-28-2018 02:46 PM

Interesting concept. But where are the robots going to be? Do I have to buy all the robots myself?

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#2 posted 02-28-2018 02:52 PM

Wow.
”...let carpenters focus on design and other bigger-picture tasks”
I don’t think any carpenters are the target audience here. It’s for the creative minds who want to dream up something and “print” it. The Ikea crowd. Customized knock-down furniture.
I say it often, there’s a difference between hand-built/hand-made and hand-assembled / customized.
What’s the computer going to do when there’s a knot in the board or wavy grain? it’s neat though. Til it gets sawdust on the sensors…

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 03:10 PM

Looks like it’ll work great for 2×4’s and exterior grade plywood.

In all seriousness though, I wish they’d focus on something that mattered to actual woodworkers and not people building book nooks in their garage that forget they own the tools next week, like a jointer that adjusts it’s speed based upon the hardness and grain of the wood 200 times a second to eliminate tear-out.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 03:32 PM


Looks like it ll work great for 2×4 s and exterior grade plywood.

- BoardButcherer

Look again that was styrofoam in the video.

Just what I need. Two robots to carry a board that I put on a couple of sawhorses over to a chop saw and a Roomba modified to cut styrofoam. An interesting intellectual exercise but not a practical application.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 02-28-2018 03:40 PM

Great this is the last thing we need, robots with saws for hands going crazy and chasing after us

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#6 posted 02-28-2018 04:27 PM

What happens when the floor gets loaded with sawdust and debris.

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#7 posted 02-28-2018 08:00 PM



What happens when the floor gets loaded with sawdust and debris.

- xeddog

We gotta save something for the humans to do. (Don’t tell them about the Roomba)

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#8 posted 02-28-2018 08:19 PM

We’ve had this for decades… any serious furniture production facility has one of these.

Upcut saw with a pusher and optical scanner for material defects – dynamic cutlist optimization for best material yield.

Takes CNC files from your CAD/CAM software.

$35k to $55k out the door.

A couple of examples;

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 02-28-2018 08:26 PM


What happens when the floor gets loaded with sawdust and debris.

- xeddog

The debris falls onto the conveyor behind the saw and gets carted off to be graded then re-used in finger jointed materials, or ground up and sold as compost.

The floor stays clean.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 02-28-2018 08:45 PM

Link to video of Upcut saw with a pusher.

https://youtu.be/xAWyJjSgE4w

(I still haven’t figured out how to embed video on this site)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#11 posted 02-28-2018 08:51 PM

We must destroy the CPU at Cyberdyne!! I noticed some of the robots are in RIDGID ORANGE! They will kill us all!

-- No one likes the truth...

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#12 posted 02-28-2018 09:32 PM

Doug knows more about this than I do but …... compared to many high volume wood fabrication shops this is very crude! Interesting to watch but far from being practical even in a start up.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 02-28-2018 09:37 PM



We must destroy the CPU at Cyberdyne!! I noticed some of the robots are in RIDGID ORANGE! They will kill us all!

- woodworm1962


They won’t kill us all (yet) but they may be sold with a lifetime service agreement that isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#14 posted 02-28-2018 09:38 PM

If that’s CNC, I ain’t a-feared.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#15 posted 03-01-2018 06:35 PM

In my opinion, just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done as there are probably better solutions!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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