Automated chopper gun trajectory planning (CGTP) for spray forming is highly desirable for today's automotive manufacturing. Generating chopper gun trajectories for free‐form surfaces to satisfy material distribution requirements is still highly challenging due to the complexity of the problems. In this paper, a user‐friendly software for automated CGTP has been developed. The CGTP software can take different formats of the CAD models of parts. A chopper gun trajectory is generated based on the CAD model of a part, chopper gun model, and constraints. A part is partitioned into patches to satisfy the given constraints. A trajectory integration algorithm is developed to integrate the trajectories of the patches to form a trajectory for the part. The CGTP software has been tested by Ford Motor Company and achieved satisfactory results.
Chen, H., Xi, N., Kamran Masood, S., Chen, Y. and Dahl, J. (2004), "Development of automated chopper gun trajectory planning for spray forming", Industrial Robot, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 297-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910410532378
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