Rapid Tooling for Electrical Discharge Machining
Rapid product development and manufacturing are areas for continuous research and improvement. Rapid prototyping techniques offered several alternatives in this direction, first as rapid design solutions and then as rapid tooling options. While the current trend is towards rapid manufacturing, there are still many intermediate techniques that allow drastic reductions in manufacturing lead times. Electroforming rapid prototyped Electrical Discharge Machining tools for the rapid fabrication of production tooling is one possibility that was researched in the past. The current paper presents results of experiments conducted with electroplated Acylonitrile Butadiene styrene polymer tools printed using fused deposition modelling. While initial trials indicated potential success of the process, there are also issues with the electroplating process. Further trials based on Taguchi L8 design allowed identification of most significant factors and their combinations for different responses, in the context of electroformed electrical discharge machining tools.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-07-01
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