Bachelor Thesis: Automation of performance testing of cutting tools

Sandvik Coromant in Västberga (Stockholm), Sweden offers a bachelor thesis project within the area of performance testing of inserts for metal cutting.

Sandvik Coromant, a division within the Sandvik Group, is a world-leading manufacturer of tools and tooling systems for industrial metal cutting. The offering also includes, for example, solutions for digital manufacturing and logistics as well as productivity improvement programs. Our customers are found in the metal processing, automotive and aircraft industries, and our aim is to meet the markets' more stringent demands for new precision products with great durability.

At the R&D department in Västberga, material systems for machining are developed. An important part of the process is the testing and documentation of wear resistance on development variants of inserts for turning, milling and drilling.

Background and scope of the project

We want to streamline our testing process by automating the photography of turning and milling inserts using robotic technology. Currently, this is done manually by our technicians using camera-borne microscopes.

Work description

Develop a method to automatically photograph cutting edges using cobots and save digital photos in our IT environment.

Examples of areas the thesis may cover:

  • Robot programming (Universal Robots)
  • CNC programming
  • Interface between PC, robot and digital camera equipment
  • Design of fixtures for tools or grippers for robots

Student background

We are looking for one or two students who are studying for a degree in automation, computer science, mechatronics or similar and who have a broad technical interest.

At Sandvik Coromant, we believe that diversity of experience, perspective and background leads to a better environment for our employees, our business and our customers. Now, we’re looking forward to meeting you!


This thesis project lasts for 8–12 weeks and will start according to agreement.

This work will be performed in our workshop laboratory, next to our CNC machines in which the wear tests are made.

Application and contact

For more information about this thesis project, and to apply, please contact:

Klas Eriksson, phone: +46 70 257 72 23


Please send in your application as soon as possible, but no later than December 16, 2022 as selections are made on an ongoing basis.

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