Multitool and multi-axis computer numerically controlled accumulation for fabricating conformal features on curved surfaces

Yayue Pan, Chi Zhou, Yong Chen*, Jouni Partanen

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Abstract

In engineering systems, features such as textures or patterns on curved surfaces are common. In addition, such features, in many cases, are required to have shapes that are conformal to the underlying surfaces. To address the fabrication challenge in building such conformal features on curved surfaces, a newly developed additive manufacturing (AM) process named computer numerically controlled (CNC) accumulation is investigated by integrating multiple tools and multiple axis motions. Based on a fiber optical cable and a light source, a CNC accumulation tool can have multi-axis motion, which is beneficial in building conformal features on curved surfaces. To address high resolution requirement, the use of multiple accumulation tools with different curing sizes, powers, and shapes is explored. The tool path planning methods for given cylindrical and spherical surfaces are discussed. Multiple test cases have been performed based on a developed prototype system. The experimental results illustrate the capability of the newly developed AM process and its potential use in fabricating conformal features on given curved surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031007
Number of pages14
JournalJOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING: TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASME
Volume136
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • additive manufacturing
  • CNC accumulation
  • conformal structure
  • curved surface
  • tool path planning

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