The Advanced Fiber Placement (AFP) machines have brought significant improvement on the manufacturing of composite. However, the current AFP machines are not capable of handling some applications with more complex shapes. This paper presents a collaborative AFP machine which consists of a 6-RSS parallel platform, a 6-DOF manipulator and a spindle mounted on the platform to hold the mandrel. The collaborative modeling is built and simulated in SimMechanics/Matlab. The inverse kinematic models are established for trajectory planning. In addition, the workspaces of both parallel robot and collaborative AFP machine are analyzed using geometrical method and programmed in Solidworks. A simulation example for the manufacturing of a hemisphere is provided. The result shows that the collaborative AFP machine could enlarge the manufacture workspace, simplify the trajectory planning and enhance the productive efficiency.

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