Innovative Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$70,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W15QKN-07-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number:
A062-044-2564
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
A06-044
Solicitation Number:
2006.2
Small Business Information
THIRD WAVE SYSTEMS, INC.
7900 West 78th St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55439
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
938966090
Principal Investigator:
David Stephenson
VP, Applications Engineering
(952) 832-5515
dave.stephenson@thirdwavesys.com
Business Contact:
Kerry Marusich
President, CEO
(952) 832-5515
sales@thirdwavesys.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) part programs generated by different CAD/CAM software packages are incompatible, which can lead to significant delay and increased engineering and programming labor cost if programs generated at one facility are used at another facility with a different CAD/CAM package. In the proposed research, software algorithms will be developed to convert controller-specific part programs (G-code) into a neutral format which can be edited by any CAD/CAM package. In Phase I, the technology will be demonstrated for a simple 3-axis milled part. An initial part program will be converted to a neutral CL format, edited using Pro-Manufacture, and post-processed to generate a modified part program, which will be verified by cutting sample parts on a machining center. The algorithms will be embedded in Third Wave Systems AdvantEdge™ Production Module tool path analysis program, so that the part program can be analyzed and modified to level forces and reduce cycle time as part of the conversion process.

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