A New Feature in an Extrusion Based LM Process – Adaptive Roadwidth 399
For extrusion based LM processes, a computational based adaptive roadwidth algorithm have been developed which further reduces (if not eliminate) all voids and defects. Toolpath equations are written in terms of roadwidth, vector path offset, subperimeter offset, and vector angles. The program computes all contours and vector paths to fill a layer, the location and size of all voids/defects, and makes comparison with the acceptable void limits. Based on this information, the adaptive roadwidth for the vector paths are then created to minimize the voids and defects. This new feature is added to the existing in-house multi-material LM CAD software.