An analytic framework for developing inherently-manufacturable pop-up laminate devices

Daniel Aukes, Benjamin Goldberg, Mark R. Cutkosky, Robert J. Wood

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Abstract

Spurred by advances in manufacturing technologies developed around layered manufacturing technologies such as PC-MEMS, SCM, and printable robotics, we propose a new analytic framework for capturing the geometry of folded composite laminate devices and the mechanical processes used to manufacture them. These processes can be represented by combining a small set of geometric operations which are general enough to encompass many different manufacturing paradigms. Furthermore, such a formulation permits one to construct a variety of geometric tools which can be used to analyze common manufacturability concepts, such as tool access, part removability, and device support. In order to increase the speed of development, reduce the occurrence of manufacturing problems inherent with current design methods, and reduce the level of expertise required to develop new devices, the framework has been implemented in a new design tool called popupCAD, which is suited for the design and development of complex folded laminate devices. We conclude with a demonstration of utility of the tools by creating a folded leg mechanism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number094013
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Volume23
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • computer aided design
  • design automation
  • manufacturing
  • microfabrication
  • PC-MEMS
  • popupbook MEMS
  • popupCAD

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Signal Processing

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An analytic framework for developing inherently-manufacturable pop-up laminate devices. / Aukes, Daniel; Goldberg, Benjamin; Cutkosky, Mark R.; Wood, Robert J.

In: Smart Materials and Structures, Vol. 23, No. 9, 094013, 2014.

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Aukes, Daniel ; Goldberg, Benjamin ; Cutkosky, Mark R. ; Wood, Robert J. / An analytic framework for developing inherently-manufacturable pop-up laminate devices. In: Smart Materials and Structures. 2014 ; Vol. 23, No. 9.
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