Rapid tooling by integration of solid freedom fabrication and electrodepostion
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
Blackmore, Denis L.
Caudill, Reggie J.
Geskin, E. S.
rapid tooling (RT)
solid freeform fabrication (SFF)
Rapid tooling (RT) techniques based on solid freeform fabrication (SFF) are being studied worldwide to speed up the design-production cycle and thus keep manufacturers at a competitive edge. This dissertation presents a novel rapid tooling process that integrates SFF with electrodeposition to produce molds, dies, and electrical discharge machining (EDM) electrodes rapidly, accurately and cost effectively. Experimental investigation, thermornechanical modeling and analysis, as well as case studies reveal that integration of electroforming with solid freeform fabrication is a viable way for metal tool making.
The major research tasks and results of this dissertation study are as follows:
njit-etd2000-034 (180 pages ~ 14,337 KB pdf)
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