Design and robotic fabrication of 3D printed moulds for composites

Rajkumar Velu, Nahaad Vaheed, Felix Raspall

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Abstract

3D printing technologies have a direct impact on manufacturing the composite structures and in particularly fabrication of molds. Molds produced through additive manufacturing methods would greatly improve product features. The material selection and process conditions involved for producing mold tooling, mainly towards Automated fiber placement (AFP) work cells. In this study, the main objective is to improve the design and fabrication of composite parts through complex molds as well as to assess and improve the production workflow through the development of an effective design environment for the existing fiber placement operation. A robotic arm will be used to hold the print surface and to follow a pre-programmed print path with a stationary extruder to fabricate the mold tooling. This paper will present a review on the selection process for mold materials and the initial experimental work carried out to investigate required properties of 3D printed molds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1036-1046
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2018 - Austin, United States
Duration: 13 Aug 201815 Aug 2018

Conference

Conference29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin
Period13/08/1815/08/18

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