Performing high-speed events ''on-the-fly'' during fabrication of a composite structure by automated fiber placement

  • US 20050240291A1
  • Filed: 04/21/2005
  • Published: 10/27/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/21/2004
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for performing a high-speed event in an automated fiber placement process using a fiber placement head of a fiber placement machine for fabricating a composite structure, the method comprising, determining a time-based tool path for the fiber placement head during fabrication of the composite part, including a completion location of the fiber placement head along the tool path at which it is desired to have completed the high-speed event and an initiation location of the fiber placement head along the tool path disposed sufficiently in advance of the completion location that initiation of the desired high-speed event at the initiation location of the fiber placement head results in completion of the desired high-speed event substantially at the completion location of the fiber placement head.

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