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Title: Enhanced polymer rapid tooling for metal injection moulding process
Authors: Altaf, Khurram
Abdul Rani, Ahmad Majdi
Ahmad, Faiz
Ahmad, Junaid
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Manufacturing::Polymers and plastics
3D Printing
Rapid Tooling
DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering::Prototyping
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Altaf, K., Abdul Rani, A. M., Ahmad, F., & Ahmad, J. (2018). Enhanced polymer rapid tooling for metal injection moulding process. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Progress in Additive Manufacturing (Pro-AM 2018), 656-661. doi:10.25341/D4J014
Abstract: Presently, mold material for metal injection molding (MIM) process is metal and are made through machining. However, machining could be time consuming, costly and skill intensive process to accurately process the mold. Moreover, for the demands when MIM part requirements are in low volume and features are customized, the machined mold is rendered useless once the part demands have been met. 3D printing could be a quick process to make molds from polymers for the customized and low volume MIM cycles. While this 3D printed mold may not be sustainable for mass production, yet they could potentially be viable for small MIM cycles like prototype manufacturing. The present study investigates the performance of polymer molds made form fused deposition modeling (FDM) process for their potential use as direct Rapid Tooling (RT) in MIM process. It was concluded that 3D printed polymer molds could be successfully applied in MIM process for prototype manufacturing and low volume demands of end-use parts.
DOI: 10.25341/D4J014
Rights: © 2018 Nanyang Technological University. Published by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Fulltext Permission: open
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