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Title: System and method for incremental forming

A system includes a frame configured to hold a workpiece and first and second tool positioning assemblies configured to be opposed to each other on opposite sides of the workpiece. The first and second tool positioning assemblies each include a toolholder configured to secure a tool to the tool positioning assembly, a first axis assembly, a second axis assembly, and a third axis assembly. The first, second, and third axis assemblies are each configured to articulate the toolholder along a respective axis. Each axis assembly includes first and second guides extending generally parallel to the corresponding axis and disposed on opposing sides of the toolholder with respect to the corresponding axis. Each axis assembly includes first and second carriages articulable along the first and second guides of the axis assembly, respectively, in the direction of the corresponding axis.
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Northwestern University DOEEE
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Patent File Date: 2012 Nov 02
Research Org:
Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); The Penn State Reasearch Foundation, University Park, PA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States

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