Aitchison, David R., Brooks, Hadley L., Bain, Joseph B. and Pons, Dirk
Rapid manufacturing facilitation through optimal machining prediction of polystyrene foam.
Virtual and Physical Prototyping, 6
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17452759.2010.533961
The findings reported in this paper provide a model for consistently achieving optimal cutting conditions when shaping foam plastic, such as polystyrene, with an electrically heated wire-based cutting tool. General relationships between wire temperature, power input, feed-rate, kerf width and work piece material composition were developed and an optimal machining algorithm was proposed and tested. The findings provide a significant advancement toward a fully automated machining facility and the associated development of a novel, large scale rapid manufacturing (RM) system.
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