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Methods, Systems, and Devices for Manipulating Cutting Elements for Earth-Boring Drill Bits and Tools

Abstract: 

Methods include one or more of robotically positioning a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, using a power-driven device to move a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, and robotically applying a bonding material for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool. Robotic systems are used to robotically position a cutting element on an earth-boring tool. Systems for orienting a cutting element relative to a tool body include a power-driven device for moving a cutting element on or adjacent the tool body. Systems for positioning and orienting a cutting element on an earth-boring tool include such a power-driven device and a robot for carrying a cutting element. Systems for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool include a robot carrying a torch for heating at least one of a cutting element, a tool body, and a bonding material.

Patent Number: 
8,355,815
Date Of Issue: 
01/15/2013
Inventors: 

David Keith Luce; Sean W. Wirth; Alan J. Massey; Crystal A. Parrott