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Rapid tooling~Downstream techniques and their capabilities
Published September 18, 1995 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
Event: ISATA 1995
Rapid Prototyping technologies are evolving very quickly from the provision of geometrical models towards the fast and economical realization of processing tools. Existing and potential applications of RPT for the realization of injection molds for plastics are very diversified and already applied. This presentation goes into details about the real capabilities and limitations of state-of-the-art prototype mold making techniques like resin casting and metal spraying. Quantification of global process, economical performance and product quality are presented. Further on, the latest developments of existing technologies like direct cavity manufacturing by stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering and Laminated Laser Cut Cavities will be described and existing applications detailed.
Capabilities of other downstream techniques as vacuum casting and LP-RIM (Low-Pressure Reaction Injection Molding) for functional and technical prototypes are compared to those of injection molding with Rapid Tooling.