A New SFF Process for Functional Part Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing: Freeform Powder Molding
Freeform Powder Molding l (FPM), a new Solid Freeform Fabrication process capable of directly producing functional parts from a wide range of structural materials, is presently being developed. This paper describes the fundamental process concept currently pending patent and provides early results demonstrating process feasibility. Materials used in process validation experiments include copper, iron, nickel, 304 stainless steel, and titanium. The process has the potential to meet the needs of both Rapid Prototyping and small lot-size manufacturing applications.