Rapid Tooling Technologies in the Processing of Thermoplastic Polymers
Thousands of people are affected by the newest achievements of material science and manufacturing technologies each year in the form of biomedical implants. In this field, the aim of developement is to create individual implants to satisfy the geometrical and adapting requirements of the patient. This manufacturing process has been recently improved by shortening the cycle time and using cost effective methods. Biocompatible thermoplastic polymers can be shaped with hot pressing technique. Rapid Tooling was used to create a forming tool for manufacturing process. 3D Printing was used to fabricate the computer generated forming tool. This tool was reinforced by infiltrating it with an epoxy resin. Different epoxy resins were examined to secure the best mechanical properties of this tool. Then the reinforced tool was used for hot pressing of the biocompatible thermoplastic polymer, poly(ε-caprolactone).
P. J. Szabó and T. Berecz
A. Szenti et al., "Rapid Tooling Technologies in the Processing of Thermoplastic Polymers", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 659, pp. 97-102, 2010