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Title: Automated cost estimation for 3-axis CNC milling and stereolithography rapid phototyping
Authors: Li, Fang
Supervisor: Balakrishnan,Subramaniam (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering), Wang,Gary (Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering)
Examining Committee: N/A
Graduation Date: Spring 2006
Keywords: Stereolithography
Issue Date: 19-Sep-2012
Abstract: Rapid prototyping (RP) is a supplementary additive manufacturing method to the traditional Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining. The selection of the manufacturing method between RP and CNC machining is currently based on qualitative analysis and engineers’ experience. There are situations when parts can be produced using either of the methods. In such cases, cost will be the decisive factor. However, lack of a quantitative cost estimation method to guide the selection between RP and CNC machining makes the decision process difficult. This thesis proposes an automated cost estimator for CNC machining and Rapid Prototyping. Vertical CNC milling and Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) RP technology are selected in specific, for cost modeling and process comparison. A binary questionnaire is designed to help estimate the CNC setup cost. An SLA build time estimator is implemented based on 3D systems’ SLA3500 machine. SLA post processing cost is also investigated. Based on the developed methods, a prototype software tool was created with an output to Excel chart to facilitate the selection. Five cases have been studied with the software and the predicted results are found reasonable and effective.
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