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Project to combine robotics and laser processing for aerospace

Alia Talaat

A new Innovate UK-funded collaborative project has launched to investigate combining a high speed, accurate and stiff robot with a laser processing capability for the manufacture of high-end aerospace structures.

Laser processing has the potential to enable higher productivity manufacturing of both metallic and composite aerospace structures.

This would be achieved through fabrication using laser additive manufacturing of large metallic structures, material preparation via laser processing of surfaces for improved aerodynamics and/or ice formation, and accurate cutting and drilling of panels for the purposes of assembly.

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