# Methods and systems for generating a continuous helical tool path for parts having multiple central axes

## Abstract

A computer-implemented method for generating a continuous helical tool path for forming a part having a plurality of central axes is provided. The method includes performing a tool path algorithm modeling and a tool path algorithm execution using a computer system. The tool path algorithm modeling includes defining a starting point location within a computer-generated three-dimensional part geometry model, defining a vector, defining a helix, defining a sweeping surface three-dimensional geometry element, and generating an intersection curve from tracing a continuous curved line of an intersection between the sweeping surface geometry element and the part geometry model. The tool path algorithm execution includes defining data for a forming tool stylus, selecting the intersection curve as a guiding element for the forming tool stylus, and generating the continuous helical tool path for the forming tool stylus. The continuous helical tool path includes a forming tool stylus centerline path in graphical space.

- Inventors:

- Publication Date:

- Research Org.:
- The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (United States)

- Sponsoring Org.:
- USDOE

- OSTI Identifier:
- 1531394

- Patent Number(s):
- 10,162,330

- Application Number:
- 15/334,277

- Assignee:
- The Boeing Company (Chicago, IL)

- DOE Contract Number:
- EE0005764

- Resource Type:
- Patent

- Resource Relation:
- Patent File Date: 2016-10-25

- Country of Publication:
- United States

- Language:
- English

- Subject:
- 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING

### Citation Formats

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Peters, Justin L.
```*Methods and systems for generating a continuous helical tool path for parts having multiple central axes*. United States: N. p., 2018.
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Peters, Justin L.
```*Methods and systems for generating a continuous helical tool path for parts having multiple central axes*. United States.

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Peters, Justin L. Tue .
"Methods and systems for generating a continuous helical tool path for parts having multiple central axes". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1531394.
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title = {Methods and systems for generating a continuous helical tool path for parts having multiple central axes},

author = {Peters, Justin L.},

abstractNote = {A computer-implemented method for generating a continuous helical tool path for forming a part having a plurality of central axes is provided. The method includes performing a tool path algorithm modeling and a tool path algorithm execution using a computer system. The tool path algorithm modeling includes defining a starting point location within a computer-generated three-dimensional part geometry model, defining a vector, defining a helix, defining a sweeping surface three-dimensional geometry element, and generating an intersection curve from tracing a continuous curved line of an intersection between the sweeping surface geometry element and the part geometry model. The tool path algorithm execution includes defining data for a forming tool stylus, selecting the intersection curve as a guiding element for the forming tool stylus, and generating the continuous helical tool path for the forming tool stylus. The continuous helical tool path includes a forming tool stylus centerline path in graphical space.},

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url = {https://www.osti.gov/biblio/1531394},
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place = {United States},

year = {2018},

month = {12}

}