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.

Meeting Name

21st Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium -- An Additive Manufacturing Conference (2010: Aug. 9-11, Austin, TX)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Intelligent Systems Center


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.

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

11 Aug 2010

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Manufacturing Commons