Machining with the WalkingHex: A walking parallel kinematic machine tool for in situ operations

A. Olarra, D. Axinte, L. Uriarte, R. Bueno

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Abstract

In situ repair/maintenance of industrial installations is challenging working scenario considering the variety of operations that are required to be performed against the clock. The paper reports on a unique walking hexapod (WalkingHex) machine tool which has a set of key abilities: (i) walks autonomously to the place of intervention; (ii) calibrates autonomously and references itself against features on the ground; (iii) performs machining operations. The essential design and theoretical aspects are presented to allow the understanding of main working principles of the WalkingHex while a selected set of experimental trails show its ability to generate accurate features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Volume66
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • In situ machining
  • Machine tool
  • Parallel kinematics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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