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The Use Of Sacrificial Support Structures In A Rapid Machining Process, Wutthigrai Boonsuk, Matthew C. Frank Jan 2005

The Use Of Sacrificial Support Structures In A Rapid Machining Process, Wutthigrai Boonsuk, Matthew C. Frank

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

Rapid prototyping techniques for CNC machining have been developed in an effort to produce functional prototypes in appropriate materials. One of the major challenges is to develop an automatic fixturing system for the part during the milling process. The current proposed method, sacrificial support fixturing, is similar to the support structures used in existing rapid processes, such as Stereolithography. During the machining process, the sacrificial supports emerge incrementally and, at the end of the process, are the only entities connecting the part to the stock material. In this paper, we propose methodologies for the design of sacrificial support structures for ...


Economics Of Sacrificial Fixturing For Cnc Machining And Rapid Manufacturing, Kevin Mcbrearty, Richard A. Wysk, Matthew C. Frank Sep 2004

Economics Of Sacrificial Fixturing For Cnc Machining And Rapid Manufacturing, Kevin Mcbrearty, Richard A. Wysk, Matthew C. Frank

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Conference Proceedings and Posters

This paper presents a fixturing method for sacrificial fixturing machining using CNC equipment. The focus of the paper is not on the method itself, but on the economics of sacrificial fixturing CNC machining, which defines the domain of use for the results described in the paper. The paper presents an economic model of machining, and then analyzes the use of the method as a function of: the number of parts to be produced, the ratio of material removed to final part volume, the number of features on the part, and the basic part geometry. We conclude that sacrificial fixturing is ...


Discrete Event Simulation Implemented In A Virtual Environment, Jason Kelsick, Lori Buhr, Cheryl Moller, Judy M. Vance Sep 2003

Discrete Event Simulation Implemented In A Virtual Environment, Jason Kelsick, Lori Buhr, Cheryl Moller, Judy M. Vance

Mechanical Engineering Publications

Virtual reality (VR) technology provides a human-computer interface that allows participants to interact naturally with digital objects which are represented as three-dimensional images that occupy positions in a three-dimensional world. Related to problems of engineering design and manufacturing, this new technology offers engineers the ability to work with computer models in a three-dimensional, immersive environment. This paper describes a virtual reality application where the results of a discrete event simulation of a manufacturing cell are integrated with a virtual model of the cell to produce a virtual environment. The program described in this paper, the VRFactory, combines results from a ...