Investigation of laser consolidation process for manufacturing structural components for advanced robotic mechantronics system (ARMS)

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Conference22nd International Congress on Applications of Lasers and Electro Optics(ICALEO), Oct. 13–16, Jacksonville, FL
Subjectlaser consolidation; manufacturing processes; space manufacturing
AbstractLaser consolidation (LC) is a computer-aided manufacturing process that builds a complete part or features on an existing part, based on a CAD model, directly from powder without moulds or dies. Advanced Robotic Mechatronics Systems (ARMS) is a project initiated by MD Robotics as part of a Canadian Space Agency's Space Technology Development program. The main objective of this initiative has been to investigate the use of enabling and emerging technologies for the design and manufacture of the next generation space robotic arms. Laser consolidation is being investigated as a rapid functional prototyping method for making structural components of the ARMS project. The LC Ti-6Al-4V components are metallurgically sound and show excellent mechanical properties. The LC process shows especially suitable to manufacture the components with complicated internal features or the complex component consisting of multi parts integrated into one final assembly that are very difficult or even impossible to make using conventional manufacturing methods. The ARMS has been successfully assembled using the LC Ti-6Al-4V structural components for demonstration. In addition, the LC process also proved to be an excellent tool for the repair of parts damaged during the machining operations. In the paper the potential applications of LC technology for space manufacturing and its benefits are also discussed.
AffiliationNRC Industrial Materials Institute; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NPARC number21272523
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