Abrasives Automation and Robotics.

Robotic deburring and finishing are exciting opportunities for manufacturers to increase productivity and mitigate the challenges of a shrinking workforce. But with the excitement of robotic abrasives comes risks, challenges and unknowns. 3M is a trusted leader in robotic material removal. With decades of experience partnering with system integrators and robot manufacturers – and as a leader in abrasives for robots and abrasives automation – we can help you navigate the process with confidence.

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Abrasives automation.

Boost productivity and increase part quality with 3M robotic abrasives.

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  • 3M™ Robotic Paint Repair System

    3M has been involved in the paint repair process since the first cars were invented. In today's marketplace, vehicle defects are addressed in a manual inspection process. Material removal is a pressure driven process that is all about finding the right synergy between the product and the robot. The 3M™ Robotic Paint Repair System is an end-to-end solution that ensures each step of the process is done correctly.

    Keep in touch with 3M, soon we have more details to share!

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3m robotic paint repair system video

Robotic sanding made easy - System solutions with SCHUNK

Streamline your robotic sanding implementation with two trusted automation industry experts. 3M and SCHUNK have teamed up to deliver a new automated sanding solution — a complete kit including a compliant orbital sander and professionally selected 3M sanding abrasives.

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    Meet the ideal solution for robotic sanding.

    • If you’re looking for more consistent part quality and surface finishes in your sanding operations, our robotic sanding kit is the ideal solution. This compact tool comes ready to mount to your industrial robot and delivers fine finishes at any pressure or orientation — even upside down.
      The affordable and flexible AOV-10 Axially Compliant Orbital Sander from SCHUNK streamlines surface preparation processes and allows users to configure the tool for their unique process. The sander is optimized with the included 3M sanding discs and backup pads for maximum performance, consistent cut and long life — qualities of an efficient robotic cell.

      For more information download the Press Release here.

      You can also contact us by clicking here, filling a short form and a 3M Application Specialist will contact you shortly afterwards

Robotic abrasives automation - resources and tools

  • Robot grinding a weld with a fiber disc

    Travel the path to robotic finishing.

    Automating an abrasive operation can be complicated. That’s why we’ve developed a set of resources and tools to help guide you through the process, from concept to robotic cell.

    Whether you’re just starting to consider robotic abrasives or you’re ready to select an abrasive belt, disc or wheel for an existing cell, our robotics resources page has what you need to travel the path to automation.

    Robotics Resources

Watch 3M™ abrasives make the most of automation.

Not sure if your process can be automated? Or maybe you're just curious what robotic deburring looks like. Watch the video simulations below to see what robots are capable of when they're equipped with 3M™ abrasives.

  • Weld Spatter Removal with a Scotch-Brite™ Brush
    Weld Spatter Removal with a Scotch-Brite™ Brush
  • Roof Ditch Blending with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel
    Roof Ditch Blending with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel
  • Weld Leveling with Robotics using 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives
    Robotic Weld Grinding with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Disc
  • Robotic Deburring with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel
    Robotic Deburring with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel
  • Polishing with Scotch Brite 645DC Diamond Unitized Wheel Video
    Robotic Polishing with a 3M™ Trizact™ Belt
  • Robotic Degating with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Belt
    Robotic Degating with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Belt

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