Unique Non-Orthogonal TCP Intersecting AFP Axes Design

Event
SAE 2012 Aerospace Manufacturing and Automated Fastening Conference & Exhibition
Authors Abstract
Content
Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) machines typically consist of 3 linear and 3 rotary axes of motion in order to manufacture complex shapes. These axes are generally orthogonal and semi-coupled. In these designs, a linear axis move will not affect the rotary axes orientation whereas a rotary axis move will affect the Tool Center Point (TCP) location with respect to the linear axes position. The wide range of motion required to maintain the compaction-axis normality needed for carbon fiber layup tends to prevent all of the rotational axes from passing through the TCP. The location and arrangement of these rotational axes has a great effect on the AFP machine performance and controllability during high speed layup. This paper presents a unique kinematic AFP axes design consisting of replacing the 3 orthogonal rotary axes with 3 tool-center-point-intersecting coupled-axes which decouple the linear axes from the rotary axes.
Meta TagsDetails
DOI
https://doi.org/10.4271/2012-01-1862
Pages
10
Citation
Faubion, G., and Rudberg, T., "Unique Non-Orthogonal TCP Intersecting AFP Axes Design," Aerospace 5(1):39-48, 2012, https://doi.org/10.4271/2012-01-1862.
Additional Details
Publisher
Published
Sep 10, 2012
Product Code
2012-01-1862
Content Type
Journal Article
Language
English