Innovative Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W15QKN-07-C-0047
Agency Tracking Number: A062-044-2564
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: A06-044
Solicitation Number: 2006.2
Small Business Information
7900 West 78th St., Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN, 55439
DUNS: 938966090
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Stephenson
 VP, Applications Engineering
 (952) 832-5515
Business Contact
 Kerry Marusich
Title: President, CEO
Phone: (952) 832-5515
Research Institution
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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