Laser Forming Oriented CAD/CAM for Developable Surfaces


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Laser forming of sheet material has been widely investigated for the last 15 years. While researchers encounter severe problems during the forming of a 3D free form shape, at least one category of surfaces can be made with the process of laser forming, namely the developable surfaces, which are widely used in, for example, ship building. Those surfaces show a zero gaussian curvature and can be unrolled onto a plane without distortion. Until now, the forming of such surfaces has been more or less heuristic, but this paper aims to treat the CAD/CAM issues of this problem in a generic way. Once the surface has been defined, in order to obtain a developable surface, the surface is rebuilt into a number of planar flanges. After collision testing, the unfolding of the surface is calculated. The developable surface is scanned on the boundary between two flanges using laser settings that are determined based on efficiency optimisation considerations, keeping in mind the hardware limitations and the possible surface damage for a too high input energy. In this paper, the proposed CAD/CAM procedure is validated by means of a developable parabolic cylinder.



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F. Micari, M. Geiger, J. Duflou, B. Shirvani, R. Clarke, R. Di Lorenzo and L. Fratini




B. Callebaut et al., "Laser Forming Oriented CAD/CAM for Developable Surfaces", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 344, pp. 905-912, 2007

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July 2007




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