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Integrated Automated Manufacture of Metal Parts



Thomas R. Kramer


This paper describes a system for the automated manufacture of metal parts developed at the National Bureau of Standards by the author and his colleagues. The paper emphasizes the software. The system includes a friendly CAD editor for a feature-based design protocol, an automatic process planner, an nc-code writer, a vertical milling machine tended by a robot, and a workstation control system. The software for the control system, the editor, the process planner, and the code-writer is in Lisp and runs on a Sun computer. The system, optionally, will draw the part being made, verify the design, and verify the process plan. A part may be designed and made within an hour on this system.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the IEEE National Aerospace & Electronics Conference


automated manufacturing, metal parts, CAD, design protocol, vertical milling machine


Kramer, T. (1986), Integrated Automated Manufacture of Metal Parts, Proceedings of the IEEE National Aerospace & Electronics Conference (Accessed April 19, 2024)
Created January 1, 1986, Updated February 17, 2017