An empirical laser sintering time estimator for Duraform PA
journal contributionposted on 11.12.2009, 15:22 by M. Ruffo, Christopher Tuck, Richard J.M. Hague
This paper presents work on the development of a build time estimator for Rapid Manufacturing (RM). A time estimator is required in order to develop a comprehensive costing tool for RM. An empirical method has been used to estimate build times utilising both simulated and actual builds for a Laser Sintering (LS) machine. The estimator presented here is based upon object geometry and therefore the fundamental data driving the model is obtainable from current three dimensional Computer Aided Design (3D-CAD) models. The aim of the paper is to define a model describing the build times for a laser sintering machine either for single or multiple objects.
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering