Automatic Process Planning and Toolpath Generation of a Multi-Axis Hybrid Manufacturing System
With the integration of multiaxis layered manufacturing and material removal (machining) processes, a hybrid system has more capability and flexibility to build complicated geometry with a single setup. Process planning to integrate the two different processes is a key issue. In this paper, an algorithm of adaptive slicing for a five-axis Laser Aided Manufacturing Process (LAMP) is summarized that can generate uniform and non-uniform thickness slices. A method to build a non-uniform (thickness) layer that utilizes two processes is presented, and an overall algorithm for integration is described. The newly developed algorithm implemented in the process planning helps the hybrid system build parts more efficiently.
J. Ruan et al., "Automatic Process Planning and Toolpath Generation of a Multi-Axis Hybrid Manufacturing System," Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Elsevier, Jan 2005.
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Adaptive Algorithm; Five Axis Machine; Hybrid System; Numerical Integration; Production Process; Slicing; Variable Section
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