This operation, quite usual on production lines, removes burrs of each produced part, by tooling (or cutting) excess matters, often an unwanted result from industrial parts production processes.
Some deburring operations can be complex and delicate to achieve, and part surface condition can be altered by this process.
It can be interesting to quantify excess matter importance in advance, to avoid early tool wearness or breakage.
It can be optimized both production time and tooling costs by scanning in 3D each part and compare its shape to CAD/CAM model.
In this aim, an industrial study has been held in 2007 :
The following video shows 3D digitization (by means of a single 3D head) of a part. The real 3D shape is then compared to the CAD/CAM model. Deburring is then operated by a robot : Its trajectory takes care of a possible large excess of matter, which can be removed without any tool breakage risk.
An industrial version of this system would digitize the part in a few seconds, then proceed to the selective deburring of the excess matters. Moreover, any wrong shape would be discarded before entering the tooling unit.