US 11,654,518 B2
Apparatus for workpiece processing having integrated energy guide and media storage and related system and method
Jason B. Jones, Fairview, TX (US); and Peter Coates, Sutton Coldfield (GB)
Assigned to Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Limited, Leicestershire (GB)
Filed by Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Limited, Leicestershire (GB)
Filed on Mar. 6, 2017, as Appl. No. 15/451,130.
Application 15/451,130 is a division of application No. 14/566,542, filed on Dec. 10, 2014, granted, now 9,586,298.
Application 14/566,542 is a continuation of application No. PCT/GB2013/051906, filed on Jul. 16, 2013.
Claims priority of application No. 1212629 (GB), filed on Jul. 16, 2012; and application No. 1307796 (GB), filed on Apr. 30, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2017/0173747 A1, Jun. 22, 2017
Int. Cl. B05B 15/65 (2018.01); B23K 10/02 (2006.01); B23K 26/00 (2014.01); B23K 26/14 (2014.01); B23K 26/342 (2014.01); B23P 23/04 (2006.01); B23K 26/08 (2014.01); B23K 26/34 (2014.01); B05C 19/06 (2006.01); B23K 9/32 (2006.01); B05C 5/00 (2006.01); B23K 26/082 (2014.01); B05B 7/22 (2006.01); B29C 64/209 (2017.01); B05B 13/02 (2006.01); B05D 1/02 (2006.01); B05D 3/00 (2006.01); B33Y 30/00 (2015.01); B23K 15/00 (2006.01); B23K 15/08 (2006.01); B23K 26/06 (2014.01); B23K 26/36 (2014.01); B33Y 10/00 (2015.01); B33Y 80/00 (2015.01); B23K 9/04 (2006.01); B23P 15/02 (2006.01); B29C 73/24 (2006.01); B23K 26/70 (2014.01); B41J 2/175 (2006.01); B23K 101/00 (2006.01); B22F 10/20 (2021.01); B29L 31/08 (2006.01)
CPC B23P 23/04 (2013.01) [B05B 7/228 (2013.01); B05B 13/02 (2013.01); B05B 15/65 (2018.02); B05C 5/001 (2013.01); B05C 19/06 (2013.01); B05D 1/02 (2013.01); B05D 3/002 (2013.01); B23K 9/04 (2013.01); B23K 9/323 (2013.01); B23K 10/027 (2013.01); B23K 15/0026 (2013.01); B23K 15/0086 (2013.01); B23K 15/08 (2013.01); B23K 26/0093 (2013.01); B23K 26/0626 (2013.01); B23K 26/082 (2015.10); B23K 26/0876 (2013.01); B23K 26/0884 (2013.01); B23K 26/1482 (2013.01); B23K 26/34 (2013.01); B23K 26/342 (2015.10); B23K 26/36 (2013.01); B23P 15/02 (2013.01); B29C 64/209 (2017.08); B29C 73/24 (2013.01); B33Y 10/00 (2014.12); B33Y 30/00 (2014.12); B33Y 80/00 (2014.12); B22F 10/20 (2021.01); B23K 26/702 (2015.10); B23K 2101/001 (2018.08); B29L 2031/082 (2013.01); B41J 2/175 (2013.01)] 7 Claims
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1. A method comprising:
selecting, by a machine tool, a particular processing head from a storage location, wherein the particular processing head is configured to deposit one or more media onto a workpiece during operation, wherein the machine tool comprises a movable docking manifold, the docking manifold comprises one or more openings, and the particular processing head comprises:
a guide configured to direct energy from an energy source onto at least one of: the workpiece or the one or more media; and
one or more ducts configured to receive the one or more media;
moving the docking manifold from an inactive position to an active position based on selection of the particular processing head, wherein moving the docking manifold to the active position aligns at least a particular one of the one or more openings with the one or more ducts and enables the machine tool to temporarily connect to the particular processing head, wherein the particular processing head receives, from the machine tool, at least one of: the energy from the energy source or the media through the one or more ducts, wherein the machine tool is enabled to connect to a subtractive machining head when the docking manifold is in the inactive position;
connecting the machine tool to the particular processing head while the docking manifold is in the active position; and
operating the particular processing head connected to the machine tool to deposit the one or more media onto the workpiece and to direct the energy from the energy source onto at least one of: the workpiece or the one or more media.