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Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Office of the Secretary of Defense
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 32682
Amount: $99,137.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1996
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
One Kendall Square, Suite 2200
Cambridge, MA 02139
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Che-chih Tsao
 (617) 621-7181
Business Contact
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Research Institution

Two approaches are proposed to attack the problems of fixturing process. First, a novel hardware holding system, Dexterous Vise, is proposed. Functionally, a single Dexterous Vise is capable of revealing four faces of the clamped workpiece to the cutting tool without re-fixturing, which actually increases one degree of freedom to the machine tool. A pair of Dexterous Vises, the "Dual-Vise", enable revealing all six faces of the cutting tool without actual re-fixturing, which adds two degree of freedom to the machine tool. Second, a computer software based method for aiding and systematizing the procedure of fixture selection and allocation is to be developed, based on the previous work Intelligent Workstation Intiative. In combination, the Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System can shorten fixture planning time, reduce setup time, reduce the need for re-gaging and tool resetting.

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