Automated Fabrication of Complex Molded Parts Using Mold SDM

A. G. Cooper, Sing Bing Kang, J. W. Kietzman, Fritz B. Prinz, J. L. Lombardi, and Lee Weiss
Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, August, 1998.


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Abstract
Mold Shape Deposition Manufacturing (Mold SDM) is a Solid Freeform Fabrication technique for producing complex shaped fugitive wax molds. A variety of castable polymer and ceramic materials have been used to make parts from these molds. This paper describes the Mold SDM method and an automated mold building machine based on a commercial CNC mill. Process steps, material selection and equipment issues are explained. Alumina, silicon nitride, polyurethane and epoxy parts with feature sizes ranging from 0.5 to 30 mm will be shown, as well as pre-assembled mechanisms and multi-material parts.

Notes
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): Shape Deposition Lab

Text Reference
A. G. Cooper, Sing Bing Kang, J. W. Kietzman, Fritz B. Prinz, J. L. Lombardi, and Lee Weiss, "Automated Fabrication of Complex Molded Parts Using Mold SDM," Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium, August, 1998.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Kang_1998_494,
   author = "A. G. Cooper and Sing Bing Kang and J. W. Kietzman and Fritz B Prinz and J. L. Lombardi and Lee Weiss",
   title = "Automated Fabrication of Complex Molded Parts Using Mold SDM",
   booktitle = "Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium",
   month = "August",
   year = "1998",
}