Intelligent Flexible Fixturing System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$99,137.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
32682
Agency Tracking Number:
32682
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
One Kendall Square, Suite 2200, Cambridge, MA, 02139
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Che-chih Tsao
(617) 621-7181
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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