End effector for forming swept friction stir spot welds
Dwight A. Burford, inventor. Wichita State University, assignee. End effector for forming swept friction stir spot welds . United States patent: US 8,444,040, 2013, May 21.
An apparatus includes a connector and is configured to mount to a machine having multiple axes of control. A control signal on the connector determines a path of a rotating tool holder.
WSU inventor: Dwight A. Burford, Director, WSU Research Site, NSF Center for Friction Stir Processing (July 2007- June 2012); Senior Research Scientist and Director, NIAR Advanced Joining & Processing Laboratory (Aug 2005-June 2012)
Appl. no.: 12/703,648 filed Feb 10, 2010. U.S.Patent 8,444,040 granted May 21, 2013.