Study on the Process Parameters of MPAW-Based Rapid Prototyping
A direct metal RP (rapid prototyping) process based on micro-plasma arc welding (MPAW) is presented. The impact of R (ratio of width to height of the deposited track’s cross-section) on part quality is investigated. Taguchi method is adopted to analyze the effect of each process parameter on R, and the optimized process parameters are obtained. The results show that the quality of the parts with larger R is better than that with smaller R, and the peak current, duty cycle of pulse duration, wire-feeding speed, scanning speed and plasma gas flow rate all exert significant effects on R. The overlapped surface smoothness, tensile strength and elongation of the parts fabricated with optimized parameters are measured to show obviously better performances than those of the parts fabricated with ordinary process parameters.
Yu Zhou, Shan-Tung Tu and Xishan Xie
W. Aiyiti et al., "Study on the Process Parameters of MPAW-Based Rapid Prototyping", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 353-358, pp. 1931-1934, 2007