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Rapid fabrication of dies and molds for pilot and series production

 
: Klocke, F.; Altmüller, S.; Wirtz, H.

International Institution for Production Engineering Research -CIRP-, Paris:
International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production of Dies and Molds 1997
Istanbul, 1997
pp.205 ff
International Conference and Exhibition on Design and Production of Dies and Molds <1997, Istanbul>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPT ()
Formenbau; HSC-Fräsen; Rapid Fabrication; Rapid Prototyping; Rapid Tooling; Werkzeugbau

Abstract
One of the challenges in production engineering during the last years has been to speed up fabrication of dies and molds for pilot and series production while maintaining a constant level of quality and decreasing, if possible, fabrication costs to stay competitive. Rapid Tooling by Stereolithography, Selective laser Sintering and Controlled Metal Build Up offers an interesting alternative to the conventional time consuming processes for the manufacture of prototype tools required for limited production runs. Milling with toroidal end mills and small tools is a way to accelerate manufacture of dies and molds for series production. Both of these approaches will be explained in this paper.

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