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Design and simulation of an automated robotic machining cell for cross-laminated timber panels

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Year of Publication
2021
Topic
Market and Adoption
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Author
Villanueva, Emanuel Martinez
Mamledesai, Harshavardhan
Martinez, Pablo
Poostchi, Peyman
Ahmad, Rafiq
Organization
University of Alberta
University of Calgary
Publisher
Elsevier
Year of Publication
2021
Format
Conference Paper
Material
CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber)
Topic
Market and Adoption
Keywords
Automation in Construction
Industrial Design
Offsite Construction
Robotic Simulation
Conference
31st CIRP Design Conference 2021
Research Status
Complete
Series
Procedia CIRP
Summary
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is an innovative construction material that has brought advantages over traditional wood structures, reducing cost and lead time of buildings in recent years; yet CLT benefits primarily from offsite construction methods instead of automation or safety, while keeping the human onsite. The few advancements in automation for CLT panels have been in the implementation of dedicated CNC machines. Nevertheless, using CNC machines for machining CLT panels have disadvantages like clamping batches of massive panels with individual profiles, lacking the flexibility to access all acute machining angles, and struggling with the extraction of dust while the cutting spindle moves through large tight spaces. These disadvantages can be overcome with industrial robots’ help, which the construction industry has not been traditionally favorable on their application, giving then the research gap in this study. This paper explores the introduction of a robotic cell for the machining of cross-laminated timber panels. The robotic cell is designed using 3D modeling and validated through motion simulation in a virtual environment. The proposed cell design is based on a minimum viable product and compared against a minimum throughput benchmarked on the Canadian market. This study aims to research the feasibility of CLT’s automated machining by providing clear production characteristics of the designed robotic cell, such as material and tool utilization rates, lead time, or production efficiency.
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