Performance and Friction Properties of Injection Hybrid Moulds with Stereolithography Moulding Zones
Stereolithography is a rapid manufacturing process that builds objects layer-by-layer based on the photo polymerization of a liquid resin. Due to the good geometric precision, this process has been used in Rapid Tooling for injection moulding. These tools are suitable for the production of short runs of parts and prototypes, where without resorting to the manufacture of a conventional metallic mould. The mechanical and thermal properties of the stereolitography resins, used in the manufacture of hybrid moulds, differ substantially from those of the conventional metallic materials. Particularly they must be known for guaranteeing the structural integrity and the thermal performance of the mould. Also the chemistry behaviour of the resin in contact with the polymer is important when tribological aspects are involved, especially during the ejection of the moulding. In this work, the behaviour of hybrid moulds with SL Vantico 5260 resin moulding cores was assessed. Several thermoplastics (iPP, ABS, PET and PA 6.6) were moulded, and their mechanical, thermal and chemical properties considered and related to the performance of the moulding process. Also, the friction properties of the SL resin in contact with the moulded thermoplastic in moulding conditions were observed and considered in the context of the performance of hybrid moulds.
Paula Maria Vilarinho
M. G. Westphal et al., "Performance and Friction Properties of Injection Hybrid Moulds with Stereolithography Moulding Zones", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 514-516, pp. 1673-1677, 2006