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:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
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 AdvantEdgeT 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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