Product Code: JLA_7_1_21

Ko‐Wang Liu
Paul S. Sheng
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720‐1740, U.S.A.

A laser‐based technique for finishing of non‐circular cylindrical parts is presented. In this process, the frequency characteristics of a desired non‐circular shape is extracted from a CAD through a Fast Fourier Transform algorithm and implemented through a CO2 laser machining system. A galvanometer‐based scanner is used in the process to achieve programmable beam trajectories and high‐speed finishing. An error estimation scheme can be developed to determine the final dimensional error of the non‐circular profile. This process can be selected as both a batch production tool and a rapid prototyping tool based on the designated processing rate and precision. Initial experimental results include the production of two‐ and three‐lobed profiles, as well as definition of part feature using higher‐order harmonics, in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) with corresponding Ra values of less than 1 μm. The machine tool elements and general procedure for non‐circular laser finishing are also presented.

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