Automating the Flexible Lofting Spline for Reusable Forming Devices

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K. R. Hardman, J. J. Cox

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602

J. Mech. Des 120(4), 695-701 (Dec 01, 1998) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2829333 History: Received September 01, 1995; Online December 11, 2007


A flexible lofting spline is presented as an actuated component in mechanical systems requiring the forming of continuous shapes. The spline is modeled with a piece-wise, cubic polynomial, based on minimum elastic strain energy, and nonlinear, large deflections. A flexible spline test device is explained and used to evaluate accuracy, limitations, and general issues. Conclusions and recommendations are provided.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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