Quantifying part irregularities and subsequent morphology manipulation in stereolithography plastic injection moulding
journal contributionposted on 14.05.2009 by Russell A. Harris, Farid Fouchal, Richard J.M. Hague, Phill M. Dickens
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The direct use of moulds produced by stereolithography (SL) provides a rapid tooling technique which allows low volume production by plastic injection moulding. The greatest advantage of the process is that it provides parts that are the same as those that would be produced by metal tooling in a fraction of the time and cost. However, work by the authors demonstrates that the parts possess different characteristics to those produced by metal tooling. This knowledge defies the greatest advantages of the SL injection moulding tooling process – the moulded parts do not replicate parts that would be produced by metal tooling. This work specifically demonstrates that a different rate of part shrinkage is experienced and subsequently investigates the mechanisms in SL tooling that induce these different part properties. The work culminates in different approaches to modifying the moulding process which allow the production of parts whose key morphological characteristics are closer to those that have been produced from metal moulds
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering