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Robotics For High Power Laser Beam Manipulation
Author(s): Henry E. Watson
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Paper Abstract

The research and development programs in manufacturing science at The Pennsylvania State University have a major emphasis on laser materials processing technology development. A major thrust of this program is the development of an intelligent robotic system which can manipulate a laser beam in three dimension with the precision required for welding. The robot is called LARS for Laser Articulated Robotic System. A gantry based robot was selected as the foundation for LARS and the system is divided into five major subsystems: robot, electronic control, vision, workhead, beam transport, and software. An overview of the Laser Robotics program including laser materials processing research programs will be provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1024, Beam Diagnostics and Beam Handling Systems, (28 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.950177
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Henry E. Watson, The Pennsylvania State University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1024:
Beam Diagnostics and Beam Handling Systems
Alberto Sona, Editor(s)

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