Simplifying the Development and Usage of Fixtures for Sheet Metal and Composite Aircraft Parts

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Daniel F. Walczyk

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

Vinay Raju

Center for Automation Technologies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590

J. Manuf. Sci. Eng 122(2), 370-373 (Oct 01, 1998) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.538928 History: Received October 01, 1998
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(a) Transfer ball placed in a registration hole and (b) examples of “good” and “bad” registration hole locations
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(a) Casting the fixture in an aluminum mold and (b) inexpensive support structure imbedded in the cast material
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(a) Fixture clamped to AWJ machine workbed and 3D Tester stylus that’s positioned in a registration hole, and (b) AWJ cutting nozzle about to trace the perimeter trim path for a sheet metal part (not shown)
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(a) Original customer-supplied CAD model of a sheet metal part and (b) same model “flipped” over
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Simplified method for creating low-cost, continuous-support machining fixtures for compliant parts



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