This paper describes the underlying concepts and proof-of-concept testing of a new workholding technology referred to as Light Activated Adhesive Gripper (LAAG). Using this technology, a workpiece is held by a system of discrete adhesive joints. These joints are very strong, very tough, and dynamically stiff. Furthermore, light is used to cure or destroy these adhesive joints, on demand, within seconds. LAAG technology enables workpieces to be held with minimal pre-load distortion, with maximum dynamic rigidity, and with maximum accessibility to the machining process.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering