Laser Tracking Control Implementation for SFF Applications

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1992

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Wu, Ying-Jeng Engin
Beaman, Joseph J.

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From a three-dimensional computer graphic model, Solid Freeform Fabrication produces solid objects directly without special tooling and human handling. In order to increas process productivity and accuracy, a time-efficient laser tracking control technique is needed. Based on the minimum time optimal control solution, the desired laser scanning control system is designed and implemented. To obtain uniform solidification during timeefficient tracking which has variable speed, laser power intensity is also controlled in real time by an acousto-optic modulator.

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