Almir Heralić is a research assistant at University West and a Doctor of Engineering in automation. He defended his thesis about the new manufacturing method Robotized Laser Metal-wire Deposition (RLMwD) in March 2012. The method means that a robot builds parts by depositing molten metal wire in layers. The metal wire is melted by a high power fibre laser. Almir Heralić has created a fully automated system for the new manufacturing method. A feed-back system registers how work proceeds. The robot is self-learning, which means that it adjusts its movements during the process directed by the input from the feed-back system.
Robotized Laser Metal-wire Deposition can for example by used for manufacturing complex components for aircraft engines. Instead of having large components with protruding parts casted, it is possible to forge them or manufacture them from sheet metal. The protruding parts are then built onto the components by Robotized Laser Metal-wire Deposition. This makes the aircraft engines cheaper and lighter and reduces fuel consumption of the aircraft.
Read Almir Heralić's thesis:
Monitoring and Control of Robotized Laser Metal-wire Deposition