Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

Du, R.


Engineering, Industrial.



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Robot path planning is an important task in modern manufacturing. Currently, many commercial systems are capable of automatically generating robot paths with collision detection and correction. However, few can deal with automatic robot path generation on free-form surfaces, which has many applications such as tool and die polishing, tool and die welding, and automotive body panel spray painting. This thesis presents a new prototype system for automatic robot path generation for manufacturing on free-form surfaces. The proposed system consists of three modules: surface data construction, automatic robot path generation, and robot path simulation. To validate the new system, several simulation examples are given using a 6 degrees-of-freedom ABB robot (model IRB2000). The simulation results show the new system is effective. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1998 .G66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0575. Adviser: Ruxu Du. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1998.