LFC Mold Development of Complex Parts with Free-Form Surface
This paper has analyzed key techniques in foam mold development for Lost Foam Casting for different types of casting, which are complex box, pipe faucet junction ,wear-resisting and refractory alloy steel casting, Focused on complex castings with free-form surface, key points during whole technical route, which includes three-dimensional modeling, foamed pattern design, mold design and CNC program, have been discussed by utilizing modeling & manufacturing module on Unigraphics. Because of its perfect free-form surface functions and plentiful toolpath operations in CNC programming, Foam mold of complex casting with free-form surface has been designed, manufactured and assembled successfully for LFC, Qualified foamed pattern of vortical shell has been produced successfully. Several effective methods and experiences have been achieved by utilizing CAD/CAM technology.
X. F. Xiao et al., "LFC Mold Development of Complex Parts with Free-Form Surface", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 228-229, pp. 532-536, 2011