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Proceedings of CAD'16, 2016, 332-336
Design Methodologies for Automated Placement of 3D Complex Geometries

Joshua Halbritter, Ramy Harik, Alex Zuloaga, Michel van Tooren, University of South Carolina

Abstract. The term fiber placement refers to composite fabrication processes that involve laying down reinforcing fibers along predefined trajectories onto a component. A number of different automated processes have elements that could be considered fiber placement, such as filament winding, pultrusion, and preforming. However, these are not considered here due to their limited range in adaptability to complex component surfaces. This paper will focus on highly adaptable automated fiber placement processes (AFP) which will have the ability to render varying geometrical surface complexities automatically and then be able to effectively execute the laying of bundles of fibers or tapes, at a range of orientations, using a variety of toolings, upon a variety of complex geometries. In exploring an AFP manufacturing option which will take increasingly complex geometries from rendering to real world execution, several key components to achieve this application must be accounted for in both the planning and designing of the AFP methodology.

Keywords. Automated placement, complex geometries, manufacturing.

DOI: 10.14733/cadconfP.2016.332-336