Integration of Fiber-Reinforced Polymers in a Life Cycle Assessment of Injection Molding Process Chains with Additive Manufacturing

Thomas Hofstätter, Niki Bey, Michael Mischkot, Philippe Maurice Stotz, David Bue Pedersen, Guido Tosello, Hans Nørgaard Hansen

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Abstract

Additive manufacturing technologies applied to injection molding process chain have acquired an increasingly important role in the context of tool inserts production, especially by vat polymerization. Despite the decreased lifetime during their use in the injection molding process, the inserts come with improvements in terms of production time, costs, exibility, as well as potentially improved environmental performance as compared to conventional materials in a life cycle perspective.This contribution supports the development of additively manufactured injection molding inserts with the use of fiber-reinforced vat polymerization technology. The life cycle assessment of the prototyping process chain for rapid prototyping with high exibility provides a base for industrial applications in injection molding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustrializing Additive Manufacturing - Proceedings of Additive Manufacturing in Products and Applications - AMPA2017
EditorsM. Meboldt, C. Klahn
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2017
Pages287-295
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-66866-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2017 International Conference on Additive Manufacturing in Products and Applications (AMPA 2017) - Zürich, Switzerland
Duration: 13 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference2017 International Conference on Additive Manufacturing in Products and Applications (AMPA 2017)
CountrySwitzerland
CityZürich
Period13/09/201715/09/2017

Keywords

  • Fiber-reinforced Polymers
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Injection Molding
  • Process Chains

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