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Rapid prototyping of structured surfaces using laser caving and image processing
Author(s): Rolf-Juergen Ahlers; B. Knappe
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Paper Abstract

Often in an industrial environment we meet tasks where technical surfaces have to be machined in relation to natural surfaces or in relation to model textures drawn by stylists and designers. The task is to combine the designed data with the technical constraints coming from the data flow and the manufacturing methods at hand (CAD, CAM). A new method is described that makes use of a laser as a tool. The laser beam is controllable for both its movement in space and its power, that is important for the matter/laser interaction. The combination of the laser with image processing based measurement systems leads to a very flexible system approach for rapid prototyping and small batch manufacturing applications. This new method is described with the emphasis on new areas of application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 1996
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 2787, Rapid Prototyping, (26 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.248588
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Rolf-Juergen Ahlers, A-Tec (Germany)
B. Knappe, A-Tec (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2787:
Rapid Prototyping
Rolf-Juergen Ahlers; Gunther Reinhart, Editor(s)

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