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 that excitement comes risks, challenges and unknowns. 3M is one of the trusted leaders in robotic material removal. With decades of experience partnering with system integrators and robot manufacturers – and as one of the leaders in abrasives for robots – we can help you navigate the automation process with confidence

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Abrasives for Automation

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Robotic Grinding Tools and More

  • 3M and KUKA have partnered to create ready2_grind – a preconfigured weld grinding robot system that streamlines the automation process. Find out if this system is right for your operation.

  • Need an automation partner? Use the growing 3M Robotics Network to find a system integrator that best suits your specific application needs and location.

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

  • Robotic sanding implementation just got a lot easier. 3M and ATI Industrial Automation have teamed up to deliver a new sanding system, ready to mount to your industrial robot or cobot.

3M™ Finesse-it™ Robotic Paint Repair System earns prestigious SURCAR award 2 years in a row in 2021 and 2022 with The Award for Technique. Learn more details for 2021/2022.

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.

See the best abrasive products for automation.


  • Abrasive Automation and Robotics Brochure

    3M has the expertise, connections and products to help you automate your abrasive process. Download our informational brochure to learn more about abrasive automation.

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