Integrated Application of RP and FEM to Support "One of a Kind" Component Design Using Prototyped Materials


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This paper discusses the integrated use of rapid prototyping commercial technology and finite element method to support design of engineering components. The study was carried out on PolyJet RP technology. The resin properties were investigated by standard tests (ASTM) and used as input data on Abaqus software application. The results of the physical test were used to calibrate and validate the finite element model. Experimental tests were executed capturing critical loads and main forces acting on the geometric model and compared with the virtual model. The results showed small percentage differences between the physical and virtual models. Viscoelasticity of the resin was also detected in the analyzed physical model. Initial results have shown that the integration of these two technologies can assist in developing functional products, considering the technical limitations of the current prototype materials.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 730-732)

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Ana Maria Pires Pinto and António Sérgio Pouzada




F. M. Pasquali et al., "Integrated Application of RP and FEM to Support "One of a Kind" Component Design Using Prototyped Materials", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 730-732, pp. 531-536, 2013

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November 2012




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