Abstract

We propose a new CAPP system for the layered manufacturing technology of LOM (laminated object manufacturing). The traditional technique of building wastes much effort and time in generation of rectangular grid patterns to the exterior of the model to facilitate waste removal. In the proposed approach, several geometric properties of the model are exploited to dramatically reduce the waste removal grids. This in turn leads to reduced build-time, with no effect on the build quality. An integrated CAPP system incorporating these ideas has been developed, and an example part is presented to show how the system performs.

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