Title: MODULAR CONVERSION TOOL FOR GENERATING FIBER PLACEMENT CODE FROM OPTIMIZED FIBER STEERING PATH
Abstract: A highly customizable conversion tool was implemented in a modular tool chain to generate complete machine code from an optimized fiber input. The optimization tool generates a generic series of fiber paths optimized for specific loadings. The generic output enables the use of the optimization tool in a modular tool chain. Our tool converts the optimized, discrete fiber paths into NC machine code for final fiber placement. The fiber paths of a particular design have been optimized for loading conditions, and a set of machine parameters for a specific fiber steering platform are known, including minimum radius of curvature, heater settings, roll-in and roll-out lengths, etc. Our tool treats the discrete points along the fiber paths as nodes in a doubly linked nodal network, such that each node contains information about the points’ positions, along with the specific machine parameters to update at the node. Our tool also includes a highly customizable list of machine parameters for the NC code generation.
Authors: Joshua A. Halbritter, Alexander W. Tuk, Ramy Harik, Michel V. Tooren, Wydo van de Waerdt
Conference: CAMX 2017 –Orlando