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Manufacturing or Repairing Composite Parts and Components Using Laser Scanning Technology



Many aerospace and automotive parts are made from advanced composite materials for increased performance and weight savings. Composite tooling is used to manufacture composite parts when they are manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer, but this tooling is typically not available in an aircraft repair station or automotive repair shop. The authors have developed a method using laser-scanning technology to design composite tooling that could be used to manufacture replacement parts or repair damage to a structure. The scanning system is portable and could be used to scan components while they are on the aircraft or vehicle or when they are removed. The laser scanner will produce a solid model and CAD/CAM software will be used to develop the tool geometry and program tool paths for CNC machining.

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