RAPID prototyping, MOLDING materials, SINTERING, PROTOTYPES, and MANUFACTURING processes
The article provides information on rapid prototyping (RP) which allows a mold builder to make a functional model to validate part design as well as function prior to the production of a mold. It states that the majority of RP involves the use of common prototyping processes, including selective laser sintering (SLS). It notes that typical costs per hour for SLS range from $55 to $75, depending on part complexity. Also discussed is the impact of the process on mold building.
RAPID prototyping, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, INNOVATION adoption, and SINTERING
The article discusses new trends that can improve and add value to rapid prototyping (RP) technologies . One of these new innovation which was adapted by Rexam Mold Manufacturing is the integration of Ritemp cooling technology into its RP system which it claims did not involve the purchase of new equipment. Linear Mold and Engineering is now using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to the metal prototype parts that it supplies to its medical, dental and aerospace industry customers.
SINTERING, MACHINERY, MOLDING materials industry, INDUSTRIAL costs, and INDUSTRIAL efficiency
The article focuses on Livonia, Michigan-based Linear Mold & Engineering, which installed a couple of direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS) machines to complete its conventional machine tools for manufacturing molds and mold inserts. After two-and-a-half years of costing out more than 50 tool and mold projects for a variety of industrial customers, president John Tenbusch has concluded that DMLS was saving Linear Mold money. In addition, the company could attract more business by competing on faster delivery times.
MoldMaking Technology. July 2012, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p21, 1 p.
Rapid prototyping, Nitriles, Acrylonitrile, Polyethylene terephthalate, Consumer goods, and Sintering
Met-L-Flo Inc., a rapid prototyping and direct manufacturing service bureau using stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FM), has added prototype rotational molding (PRM) to create [...]
MoldMaking Technology. April 2009, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p48, 2 p.
With the emergence of rapid prototyping during the 1990s, another fabrication process was created and naturally dubbed rapid manufacturing. Skepticism was high whether the new technologies could ever really be [...]