This paper presents a Laser Additive Manufacturing Process Planning (LAMPP) being developed at the University of Missouri-Rolla. The off-line planning recognizes difficult-to-build features from an STL file, selects optimal part orientation and building directions based on the skeleton information of the object geometry, and optimizes the sub-process sequences for deposition and machining. During the optimization of the subpart building processes, collaboration between the deposition process planner and the machining process planner is needed to check the deposition availability and machinability. As a result, tool paths for both the laser head and the machining head are automatically generated.
J. Zhang et al., "Laser Additive Manufacturing Process Planning and Automation," Proceedings of the 11th Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2000, Austin, TX), pp. 243 - 250, University of Texas at Austin, Aug 2000.
11th Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2000: Aug. 8-10, Austin, TX)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Article - Conference proceedings
10 Aug 2000