Modeling Force Fluctuations in Incremental Sheet Forming


Incremental Sheet Forming (ISF) is a versatile manufacturing method in which a three-dimensional part is fabricated by progressively deforming a metal sheet. This is typically done via a robot with a single point tool following a defined trajectory. During this process a reaction force between the forming tool and sheet is generated. This force, denoted the forming force and defined as the force acting perpendicular to the sheet, has been modeled in several studies. Given a part with homogenous material, a fixed part geometry, and constant process parameters, these models predict the forming force will be constant. However, many studies have shown that this force fluctuates during the process. This paper augments the model by accounting for changes in process parameters due to robot geometric errors to describe these fluctuations. The model is experimentally validated, and the fluctuations of the forming force are reduced by 51% by modifying the tool path based on the identified robot geometric error.

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2020 International Symposium on Flexible Automation, ISFA 2020 (2020: Jul. 8-9, Virtual)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Force Fluctuations; Incremental Sheet Forming; Robot Geometric Error

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

09 Jul 2020