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Please note we are currently closed for holidays, reopening on the 10th of June. Access to emails during this time will be limited. We look forward to responding to your enquiries when we reopen.

Robot Machining System

The centerpiece of our workshop is a custom built, 8 Axis Robot Machining System, affectionately known as Hymie. Built in house, and primarily designed for wood machining Hymie is one of the most advanced robot machining systems in Australia.

8 Axis Robot Machining System

Features

We specialise in large scale freeform wood machining in both green and seasoned timber, and are also setup for wood drying with one of the most advanced vacuum kilns in the country. This allows us to process a fallen tree or log, right through to a finished furniture piece.

As well as producing our own range of Twig&Bot robot machined furniture from salvaged timber, we also do custom robot machining of clients parts and designs. If you have a project that you think we could help with please get in touch.

Workpiece Limits

We have a very flexible system and sometimes we can squeeze a little bit more out of it where required. If you have a project that you are not sure will fit feel free to send through details and we will see if we can fit it in.

Robot Timber Machining

Our robot system includes a high powered CNC spindle capable of automatically changing tools. We have a large library of tools enabling maching of a wide range of products. As well as our own range of products we do custom robot machining of timber product for clients using both our standard and custom tooling. The robot system enables machining of large and complex parts that a standard CNC could never tackle, and can significantly reduce the number of setups required where parts require machining on multiple sides.

Robot Bandsaw Cutting

Our robot is fitted with a custom built bandsaw cutting head of our own design. As well as acting as a bandsaw mill for processing logs into slabs and boards, this unique setup also enables cutting of curved surfaces, non-planar ruled surfaces, and fast rotary bandsaw roughing of complex wooden parts prior to machining, significantly reducing machining time.

Robot Sanding

Robot sanding of machined wooden components can significantly reduce the amount of manual finishing required. With bespoke tooling, Hymie is able to sand flat, convex and mildly concave surfaces, even where minor dimensional differences exist (due to drying etc).

Robot Sanding

Robot Chainsaw Carving

Coming soon...

Robot Chainsaw Carving

Incremental Sheet Forming

Incremental sheet forming (ISF) is the process of forming a flat sheet (typically metal but also some plastics) into a 3D part by running a ball shaped tool over the surface. This is typically done following the contours of the parts, starting from the shallowest areas and progressing towards the deeper areas with subsequent passes. This is similar to metal spinning, but the control of the robot allows the forming of more complex, non-revolved parts. Our robot is equiped with a dedicated ISF head to allow the application of the large forces required for ISF without damaging the spindle. Below are images of some handpan drum shells that were formed on our robot from mild steel. Copper, soft brass and aluminium can also be formed with this process. Final assembly and tuning was done by an experienced pan maker.