Review on robot-assisted polishing: Status and future trends

Xiaolong Ke, Yongheng Yu, Kangsen Li, Tianyi Wang, Bo Zhong, Zhenzhong Wang, Lingbao Kong, Jiang Guo, Lei Huang, Mourad Idir, Chao Liu, Chunjin Wang (Corresponding Author)

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Nowadays, precision components have been extensively used in various industries such as biomedicine, photonics, and optics. To achieve nanometric surface roughness, high-precision polishing is mandatory. Compared with the conventional polishing techniques, the robot-assisted polishing has the advantages of flexible working ranges and low cost. Therefore, it has been more widely deployed in demanding polishing tasks. However, few review articles were found on this topic to provide a general progress on the development of the robot-assisted polishing technology. This paper reviews the recent advancement of the robot-assisted polishing. Firstly, the integration of robots with various polishing techniques is overviewed, followed by the introduction of the research status of constant force control in robot-assisted polishing. Then, the errors in typical robot-assisted polishing systems are analyzed, together with the corresponding compensation methods. At last, the future trends in the development of robot-assisted polishing are discussed. This review is intended as a roadmap for researchers or engineers who are interested in robot-assisted polishing or machining.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102482
Number of pages28
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Error compensation
  • Force control
  • Polishing
  • Robot-assisted polishing
  • Ultra-precision machining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • General Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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