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Integrated reverse engineering and machining system
Author(s): Jianjun Li; Joe Chow; Chinsheng Chen; TianDi Xu; David Tsai; Weidong Xue
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Paper Abstract

This paper deals with the integration of reverse engineering with CAM for duplicating an existing part without a CAD model quickly and accurately. Two commercial packages, SURFACER and SmartCAM, were selected as the software tools for reverse engineering and NC code generation respectively. By utilizing the open architecture environment provided by SURFACER, a machining-oriented feature model can be constructed during the model creation phase. This model consists of not only the part's geometric entities but also all the machining information required for toolpath generation. Upon a knowledge-based process planning, this machining-oriented feature model is converted into a process model, which will then be used to create a job file and a macro file, both in the SmartCAM format. The execution of these two files inside SmartCAM can automatically generate the toolpaths and NC codes required for part machining.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 October 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3517, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing, (9 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.326922
Show Author Affiliations
Jianjun Li, Florida International Univ. (United States)
Joe Chow, Florida International Univ. (United States)
Chinsheng Chen, Florida International Univ. (United States)
TianDi Xu, Florida International Univ. (United States)
David Tsai, Florida International Univ. (United States)
Weidong Xue, Florida International Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3517:
Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing
Bhaskaran Gopalakrishnan; San Murugesan, Editor(s)

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