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Influence of hybrid mould on moulded parts properties

Damir Godec (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Mladen Šercer (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)
Maja Rujnić‐Sokele (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia)

Rapid Prototyping Journal

ISSN: 1355-2546

Publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to emphasize compared experimental analysis of influence of hybrid and classic moulds on the properties of moulded parts and the processing parameters. Such analysis enables optimization of processing parameters in case of the hybrid mould.

Design/methodology/approach

Representative moulded part and appropriate hybrid and classic moulds have been designed and manufactured. The experimental work contains a screening design and the main central composite design for analysing the performance of both moulds and moulded parts properties. In case of hybrid mould a numerical optimization of processing parameters was used.

Findings

It was found that hybrid moulds can be successfully applied for production of thin‐wall moulded parts with some limitations. The compressibility of prototype mould inserts was higher compared to classic inserts. The differences in thermal properties of mould inserts materials result in different moulded part properties and mould cavity wall temperature fields. These differences can be reduced by optimizing the processing parameters.

Practical implications

RT technologies can be usefully applied for fast production of moulds for injection moulding. The potential user of hybrid moulds should be aware of the influence of prototype inserts on the moulded part properties. Guidelines for optimization can be used for fast achieving of parameters from optimal processing window.

Originality/value

This paper shows a detailed analysis of influence of hybrid and classic moulds on the thermoplastic moulded part properties. Some of these influences are explained in detail, which was not found in the related papers. In this paper, a further step was made by optimizing the processing parameters in case of hybrid mould.

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Citation

Godec, D., Šercer, M. and Rujnić‐Sokele, M. (2008), "Influence of hybrid mould on moulded parts properties", Rapid Prototyping Journal, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 95-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552540810862055

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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