Difficult-to-access workpieces often have to be worked on manually. The German Federal Ministry for Education and Research decided to fund a project to change this so that easy milling tasks can be completed automatically. The resultant prototype machine tool is designed for serial production and enables companies to save both time and money.
The greatest challenge was to combine the advantages of the the new design prototype with the merits of conventional machine tools. Flexibility, movement quality and precision had to be combined in the novel machine tool concept.
igus® came into the picture when the cable running outside the robot had be protected whilst maintaining maximum flexibility. This was achieved using a triflex® R multi-axis cable carrier, with which cables are protected against dirt accumulation and a long service life is guaranteed.