Computer-aided process planning system for laser forming: from CAD to part

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Laser forming is a highly flexible and iterative contactless thermomechanical forming process that utilises a defocused laser beam to induce material shortening and bending. There is a high potential for the use of laser forming in rapid prototyping, small and unique batch production; however, to achieve that potential a certain level of automation is required. The presented work seeks to address this need of automation by proposing an end-to-end sheet-metal manufacturing system utilising laser forming and cutting, where the input for the system is a 3D CAD model and the output is a manufactured product. The contribution of the presented work is interconnected laser forming and cutting framework. The presented framework consists of subsystems for automatic extraction of geometrical information from a CAD model, process planning and generation of manufacturing information, scheduling of tasks and a feedback control loop for laser forming. The framework is experimentally validated and has shown consistent forming and cutting behaviour on two types of parts with variation in cutting features, bend angle and lengths of the bend's free edge.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages18
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Aug 2023


  • Automation
  • Laser cutting
  • Laser forming
  • Manufacturing
  • Process planning
  • Sheet metal


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