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Rapid manufacturing of patterns for investment casting: improvement of quality and success rate

Dotchev, Krassimir and Soe, Shwe 2006. Rapid manufacturing of patterns for investment casting: improvement of quality and success rate. Rapid Prototyping Journal 12 (3) , pp. 156-164. 10.1108/13552540610670735

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Purpose – The main objective of this paper is to analyse all stages of the CastForm™ polystyrene (CF) pattern fabrication process, identify the reasons leading to inferior quality, and outline techniques for its improvement and reduction of failures. Design/methodology/approach – This paper describes rapid manufacturing of patterns for shell or flask investment casting using the laser sintering (LS) technique with CF material. The process involves data preparation, LS fabrication of a “green” part, cleaning, and wax infiltration. All process stages are equally important for successful project completion in terms of pattern quality and delivery time. A failure at any stage requires a part or pattern to be produced again, which would incur additional time and cost. Findings – The conducted experiments show how the CF material strength varies at different process stages and temperatures. Cleaning and wax infiltration are considered the main reasons for part distortion and breakage. Originality/value – The paper proposes a new approach for wax infiltration. Deformation and breaking of unsupported features could be reduced or eliminated by introducing a supporting structure under these features.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Systems At Cardiff (CAMSAC)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lasers, Production metallurgy, Rapid prototypes, Sintering
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1355-2546
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 07:54

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