Faculty Advisor

Fischer, Gregory S.

Faculty Advisor

Putnam, Craig B.

Abstract

Modern manufacturing methods employ the use of automated CNC machine tools that increase production output while also requiring more frequent tooling maintenance. The purpose of this project, as chartered by our sponsor, General Electric Aviation, is to develop an automated system for replacing cutting tools as they wear. The system is designed such that an operator will be able to load a cart of used cutting tools into a work cell and retrieve a cart of newly prepared tooling upon process completion. The team implemented the use of an industrial robot for material handling and designed custom fixtures to process each tool. This system eliminates the human error related with tool height setting, and can be universally adapted with alternate tooling in the future.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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