Additive Manufacturing (Fdm) of High Temperature Composite Tooling – Performance and Tool Life Characterization
The advanced composites industry has a continual need for innovative tooling solutions to enable new applications and product improvements, as well as address the constant demand for reductions in response (lead) time and costs. Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®) technologies allow rapid production of highly capable composite tooling across a broad range of tool sizes, complexity, and cure temperatures. Stratasys has developed comprehensive design guides for additive manufacturing (FDM) of high temperature (> 180°F) composite mold tooling and for sacrificial, trapped tooling applications. This paper will outline recent development efforts, testing, and characterization performed in support of continued evolution of these guides, particularly around tool preparation and use (with examples) and tool life evaluation.
Author:Timothy J Schniepp
Conference: SAMPE Europe Conference 2016