Software compensation of rapid prototyping machines

Kun Tong, E. Amine Lehtihet, Sanjay Joshi

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This paper addresses accuracy improvement of rapid prototyping (RP) machines by parametric error modeling and software error compensation. This approach is inspired by the techniques developed over the years for the parametric evaluation of coordinate measuring machines (CMM) and machine tool systems. The confounded effects of all errors in a RP machine are mapped into a "virtual" parametric machine error model. A generic artifact is built on the RP machine and measured by a master CMM. Measurement results are then used to develop a machine error function and error compensation is applied to the files which drive the build tool. The method is applied to three test parts and the results show a significant improvement in dimensional accuracy of built parts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-292
Number of pages13
JournalPrecision Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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