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 9,132,504. 2015, Sep 15.
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.: 13/869,165 filed Apr 24, 2013