Robotic sanding and finishing is applicable to a number of industries, including the marine, aerospace, energy, and automotive manufacturing sectors. A dynamic low-cost and flexible solution would save each of these industries millions of dollars every year.


This project seeks to innovate the robotic sanding and finishing industry through the creation of a low-cost, reconfigurable system.


This project addresses the critical challenges of Robotic Sanding and Finishing (RSF) by focusing on the shortcomings of existing RSF systems, which are only applicable for low production volumes with simple part geometries, and high production volumes in which trajectories are manually generated and tediously refined. The objective of this project is to develop a robotic sanding system that is easily reconfigurable and an order of magnitude lower in cost than currently available systems.

  • Reduce manual touch labor
  • Increase repeatability and consistency
  • Reduce costs and increase speed
  • Sanding to high levels of precision

Technical Approach

 Resulting CDIP from this project is expected to be created in the areas of:

  • Process tools
  • Setup and planning methods
  • Control


Lockheed Martin (Principal Investigator), Texas A&M University, University of Southern California