Publications / 2009 Proceedings of the 26th ISARC, Austin, USA

Contour Crafting Process Planning and Optimization

Jing Zhang, Behrokh Khoshnevis
Pages 576-583 (2009 Proceedings of the 26th ISARC, Austin, USA, ISBN 978-0-578-02312-0, ISSN 2413-5844)

Contour Crafting is an emerging technology that uses robotics to construct free form structures by repeatedly laying down layers of material such as concrete. The Contour Crafting technology scales up the additive fabrication process from building small industrial parts to constructing buildings. Tool path planning and optimization for Contour Crafting benefit the technology by increasing the efficiency of construction of complicated structures. This research has intended to provide a systematic solution for improving the overall system efficiency and realizing the automation of the Contour Crafting technology for building custom-designed houses. An approach is presented to find the optimal tool path for the single nozzle Contour Crafting system incorporating the physical constraints of the technology and construction considerations. Several algorithms are given to find the collision-free tool path for the multiple nozzle system based on the single nozzle approach.

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