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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 a trusted leader in robotic material removal. With decades of experience partnering with system integrators and robot manufacturers – and as a leader in abrasives for robots – we can help you navigate the automation process with confidence.


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Robot grinding a boat propeller with an abrasive belt
Abrasives for Automation

Boost productivity. Increase part quality. Let us help you through the process.

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Tools and More | Abrasive Automation

  • Coming soon: ready2_grind

    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.

  • Find a system integrator.

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

  • Travel the path to automation.

    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.


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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.

  • Weld Spatter Removal with a Scotch-Brite™ Brush

    Weld Spatter Removal with a Scotch-Brite™ Brush

  • Roof Ditch Blending with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel

    Roof Ditch Blending with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel

  • Weld Leveling with Robotics using 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives

    Robotic Weld Grinding with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Disc

  • Robotic Deburring with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel

    Robotic Deburring with a Scotch-Brite™ Wheel

  • Polishing with Scotch Brite 645DC Diamond Unitized Wheel Video

    Robotic Polishing with a 3M™ Trizact™ Belt

  • Robotic Degating with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Belt

    Robotic Degating with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II Belt


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See the best abrasive products for automation.

PRODUCTS FOR ROBOTIC ABRASIVES

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Upcoming 3M Robotics Events

  • FABTECH Logo

    FABTECH: Chicago, Illinois, November 11-14, 2019

    Come to booth B33045 to see a demonstration of our new KUKA ready2_grind robot system – a pre-configured robot designed for grinding and blending welds. 3M Abrasives application engineers will be on-site and ready for in-depth discussions.

  • Robotic Grinding and Finishing Conference

    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.


Let's Talk Automation

Connect with an abrasives expert or sign up for robotics email updates from 3M Abrasives. We're here to help you get the most of automation - whether you're just starting to consider robotics in your operation, designing a robotic cell for your abrasive process, or making a final abrasive selection.

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