Automated Design of Multi-Stage Molds for Manufacturing Multi-Material Objects

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Malay Kumar, Satyandra K. Gupta

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

J. Mech. Des 124(3), 399-407 (Aug 06, 2002) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1485741 History: Received April 01, 2001; Online August 06, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by ASME
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Examples of multi-material objects
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A multi-material object modeled as an assembly of homogeneous components
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A valid single partitioning plane to separate a component out from the rest of the assembly
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An invalid single partitioning plane
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A set of partitioning planes consisting of two planes used to separate a component from assembly
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Examples of component decomposition to facilitate mold stage generation
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A feasible object partitioning sequence
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Generation of last mold-stage for the object shown in Fig. 2.
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Mold stages for the example part in Fig. 2 and the state of object assembly after each stage
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Fabricated multi-material part using the stage sequence shown in Fig. 9




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