Robotic Hotwire Cutter
What is the Hot Wire Cutter?
The Hot Wire Cutter is a tool that can either be mounted on the robot arm, or to another object (where the material is mounted on the robot) and allows polystyrene foam to be cut.
The Hot Wire Cutter has a wire length of 300mm and a depth of 270mm.
Why Use the Hot Wire Cutter?
Cutting foam with a robot allows for a large amount of freedom in cutting angle and direction, which in turns allows for complex forms or automated processes.
The Robotics Lab offers a range of training to help you learn how robot arms and end effectors work, how to setup a file for the robots and and how to submit it for processing. This training includes:
Robotics Lab website
Read through the website to get an understanding of what the Robotics Lab offers.
Work through the training exercises to learn how to use and program the robot arm
Book a Robot session once you have complete Level 03 Safety Induction
Book a consultation with the Robotics Lab’s experienced staff to get help with complex technical challenges specific to your project. Before making a booking, it is expected that you have completed the introductory sessions and read through available guidelines for the technology.
The equipment in the Robotics Lab (G23) is available for you to book and use when you have completed the required safety training and inductions. To use the robot arms you must complete the following:
- Level 00 MSD Building Induction
- Level 01 Safety Induction (Online)
- Level 02 In-person Safety Induction
- Level 03 Machine Specific Safety Induction
The Robotics Lab Open Access sessions take place every weekday afternoon, Monday – Friday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. End Effectors and Tools are only to be booked during Open Access.
Open Access times are available for all students from MSD, both undergraduate and postgraduate. Tools are only able to be booked out during Open Access.
For more information about the Safety Training and Inductions for the Robotics Lab head to the Access page.
How to get started
Complete the required Safety Inductions as detailed in the Access section.
Book a consultation
Book a Consultation with Robotics Lab staff to discuss your project and application. Including Finger Design.
Book hot wire cutter
Book the Hot Wire Cutter via the online booking system. It should be booked alongside the appropriate robot (IRB1200).
Students will need to purchase white polystyrene foam. Which can be purchased from the FabLab. Other materials used also need to be supplied by staff and students.
What is the maximum size of foam I can cut?
This is dependent on what exactly you want to cut, typically the foam would have to be smaller than the length of the cutting wire (300mm). Book a Project and Tool Consultation if you want to discuss further.
What types of foam can I cut?
Currently we only cut white polystyrene foam, book a Project and Tool Consultation if you wish to discuss other materials.