This paper summarizes the research and development of a Multi-Axis Planning System (MAPS) for hybrid laser metal deposition processes. The project goal is to enable the current direct metal deposition systems to fully control and utilize multi-axis capability to make complex parts. MAPS allows fully automated process planning for multi-axis layered manufacturing to control direct metal deposition machines for automated fabrication. Such a capability will lead to dramatic reductions in lead time and manufacturing costs for high-value, low-volume components with high performance material. The overall approach, slicing algorithm, machine simulation for planning validation, and the planning results will be presented.
F. W. Liou et al., "Multi-Axis Planning System (MAPS) for Hybrid Laser Metal Deposition Processes," Proceedings of the 21st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2010, Austin, TX), pp. 592 - 605, University of Texas at Austin, Aug 2010.
21st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium -- An Additive Manufacturing Conference (2010: Aug. 9-11, Austin, TX)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Intelligent Systems Center
Article - Conference proceedings
11 Aug 2010
This research was supported by the National Science Foundation grants DMI-9871185 and IIP-0637796, and a grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory contract # FA8650-04-C-5704. Support from Boeing Phantom Works, Product Innovation and Engineering, LLC, Spartan Light Metal Products Inc, MISSOURI S&T Intelligent Systems Center, and the MISSOURI S&T Manufacturing Engineering Program, is also greatly appreciated.