Adaptive Laminated Machining for Prototyping of Dies and Molds
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Adaptive laminated machining is the fusion of slicing a solid model into layers and producing parts by CNC milling machines. Unlike other solid freeform fabrication processes which create the part by addition of material, adaptive laminated machining can create solid parts by selectively removing in layers. The research issues and practical limitations on shape and manufacturability are thus different from other processes. However, the biggest advantage is the ability to obtain a solid metal part such as a die or a mold directly. In this paper, the concept of this technique, and initial results and parts produced in Clemson will be presented. In addition, future research needs and issues will be discussed.