Process planning for robotic wire and arc additive manufacturing

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2015 IEEE 10th Conference on Industrial Electronics and Applications (ICIEA), Page: 2000-2003

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Ding, Donghong; Pan, Zengxi; Cuiuri, Dominic; Li, Huijun
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Engineering; planning; robotic; wire; process; arc; manufacturing; additive; Science and Technology Studies
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This study presents a process planning system, which directly generates manufacturing code from CAD models for robotic wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM). A variety of modules are developed for this system with special considerations on slicing and path planning. Multi-direction slicing methodology is developed to allow the WAAM system to deposit material along multiple directions and eliminate the need for supporting structure. MAT-based path planning method is proposed for void-free deposition of layers with any complex geometry. The proposed automatic process planning system is an important tool for the development of mature WAAM technology.