On the implementation of metal additive manufacturing in the tooling process chain for polymer profile extrusion

M. Kain*, M. Calaon, D. B. Pedersen, G. Tosello

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Abstract

The recent developments in the field of metal additive manufacturing (MAM) within dimensional accuracy and surface quality are enabling the adoption of MAM for direct hard tooling for polymer processing applications. An analysis of the potential improvements in terms of lead-time and cost reduction achieved by implementation of MAM for tooling has been performed in the case of polymer extrusion die manufacturing. It was found that the utilization of MAM for tooling resulted in a die manufacturing cost comparable to conventional machining as well as a die production lead-time reduction from 12 weeks (for conventional machining) down to 3 weeks.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProcedia CIRP
Volume93
Pages (from-to)26-31
ISSN2212-8271
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event53rd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS 2020) - Virtual event - Northwestern University, Chicago, United States
Duration: 1 Jul 20203 Jul 2020

Conference

Conference53rd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems (CMS 2020)
LocationVirtual event - Northwestern University
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period01/07/202003/07/2020

Keywords

  • Metal additive manufacturing
  • Polymer profile extrusion
  • Tooling

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