In this paper, we present a systematic methodology for designing Reconfigurable Machine Tools (RMTs). The synthesis methodology takes as input a set of functional requirements—a set of process plans and generates a set of kinematically viable reconfigurable machine tools that meet the given design specifications. We present a mathematical framework for synthesis of machine tools using a library of building blocks. The framework is rooted in (a) graph theoretic methods of enumeration of alternate structural configurations and (b) screw theory that enables us to manipulate matrix representations of motions to identify appropriate kinematic building blocks.
Design of Reconfigurable Machine Tools
Contributed by the Manufacturing Engineering Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF MANUFACTURING SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. Manuscript received Jan. 1999; Revised Aug. 2001. Associate Editor: K. Ehmann.
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Moon , , Y., and Kota, , S. (April 29, 2002). "Design of Reconfigurable Machine Tools ." ASME. J. Manuf. Sci. Eng. May 2002; 124(2): 480–483. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1452748
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