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Article: A virtual prototyping system with reconfigurable actuators for multi-material layered manufacturing

TitleA virtual prototyping system with reconfigurable actuators for multi-material layered manufacturing
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Issue Date2014
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Computers in Industry, 2014, v. 65, p. 37-49 How to Cite?
AbstractProliferation of layered manufacturing (LM) in various sectors has been calling for fabrication of large, complex products with more materials and efficiency. We address this issue by integrating reconfigurable manufacturing (RM) with LM. This paper first analyses the benefits of such integration, and then presents a virtual prototyping system with reconfigurable actuators (VPRA) that can increase the number of materials, speed, and build volume to improve the efficiency and flexibility of multi-material layered manufacturing (MMLM). The VPRA system offers a test bed for design, visualisation, and validation of MMLM facilities and processes. It takes advantage of the convenient graphics platform of SolidWorksTM for constructing a virtual MMLM facility by selecting reconfigurable actuators from predefined templates. The characteristics, including the dimensions and relative spatial constraints, of the actuators can be conveniently configured to suit design requirements. The mechanism and the operation process of the resulting MMLM facility can then be simulated and validated through digital fabrication of complex objects. Case studies are presented to demonstrate some possible applications of the VPRA system. Overall, the VPRA system gives insights into the characteristics of a reconfigurable MMLM system, which can be subsequently materialized for physical fabrication of multi-material objects. This approach highlights a possible direction for development of MMLM technology.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198489
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dc.contributor.authorChoi, SHen_US
dc.contributor.authorCAI, Yen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T07:12:49Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T07:12:49Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationComputers in Industry, 2014, v. 65, p. 37-49en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198489-
dc.description.abstractProliferation of layered manufacturing (LM) in various sectors has been calling for fabrication of large, complex products with more materials and efficiency. We address this issue by integrating reconfigurable manufacturing (RM) with LM. This paper first analyses the benefits of such integration, and then presents a virtual prototyping system with reconfigurable actuators (VPRA) that can increase the number of materials, speed, and build volume to improve the efficiency and flexibility of multi-material layered manufacturing (MMLM). The VPRA system offers a test bed for design, visualisation, and validation of MMLM facilities and processes. It takes advantage of the convenient graphics platform of SolidWorksTM for constructing a virtual MMLM facility by selecting reconfigurable actuators from predefined templates. The characteristics, including the dimensions and relative spatial constraints, of the actuators can be conveniently configured to suit design requirements. The mechanism and the operation process of the resulting MMLM facility can then be simulated and validated through digital fabrication of complex objects. Case studies are presented to demonstrate some possible applications of the VPRA system. Overall, the VPRA system gives insights into the characteristics of a reconfigurable MMLM system, which can be subsequently materialized for physical fabrication of multi-material objects. This approach highlights a possible direction for development of MMLM technology.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofComputers in Industryen_US
dc.titleA virtual prototyping system with reconfigurable actuators for multi-material layered manufacturingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailChoi, SH: shchoi@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityChoi, SH=rp00109en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.compind.2013.08.001en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros229956en_US
dc.identifier.volume65en_US
dc.identifier.spage37en_US
dc.identifier.epage49en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000328182700003-

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