Campus Units

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2009

Journal or Book Title

Rapid Prototyping Journal

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

111

Last Page

125

DOI

10.1108/13552540910943414

Abstract

Rapid prototyping techniques for CNC machining have been developed in an effort to produce functional prototypes in appropriate materials. One of the major challenges for rapid machining is to develop an automatic fixturing system for securing the part during the machining process. The method proposed in this paper is the use of sacrificial fixturing, similar to the support structures in existing rapid processes like Stereolithography. During the machining process, sacrificial supports emerge incrementally and, at the end of the process, are the only entities connecting the part to the stock material. This paper presents methodologies for the design of sacrificial support structures for a rapid machining process and illustrates them using a complex sample part machined in the laboratory.

Comments

This is a manuscript of an article from Rapid Prototyping Journal 15 (2009): 111, doi:10.1108/13552540910943414. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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