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A reconfigurable tooling system for producing plastic shields

: Simon, Dominik; Kern, Lisa; Wagner, Julia; Reinhart, Gunther

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Procedia CIRP 17 (2014), S.853-858
ISSN: 2212-8271
Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS) <47, 2014, Windsor>
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IWU ()
flexible forming; reconfigurable tooling system; thermoforming plastic shields

State of the art for producing 3-dimensional formed plastic shields is the use of mould blocks that are milled on machining centers. This paper describes the replacement of traditional mould blocks by a novel automated reusable mould and tooling system that produces good forming results at low investment costs. The reconfigurable tooling system replaces commonly used mould blocks. Two major issues will be addressed.
The first aim is to identify principles for low tooling costs, while the second focuses on the improvement of a forming process suitable for the system so that this can be used for a broad range of products.