Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Sciammarella, F. M. (Federico M.)

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

LCSH

Mechanical engineering||Manipulators (Mechanism)||Lasers--Industrial applications||Laser beam cutting||Fiber optics||Ceramic materials

Abstract

The goal of this thesis is to design a mechanical manipulator that is optimized for handling class IV fiber lasers used for Laser Assisted Machining (turning) of ceramics. The design should be cost effective, simple and would produce more flexibility and robustness for the machining process. At the same time, the system should also include stability, rigidness and a few degrees of freedom when compared to more expensive counterparts such as industrial robots. This concept was developed and based on Northern Illinois University's project on Laser Assisted Machining (LAM) of ceramic work pieces where turning operation was the primary objective. In order to develop a design that can be adopted by the industry that may not want to invest more in new technology packages but rather upgrade or add additional features to their existing platforms. This capability moves towards the future flexible work cells that are in demand for next generation manufacturing.

Comments

Advisors: Federico Sciammarella.||Committee members: Jenn-Terng Gau; Matthew J. Gonser.

Extent

82 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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