New Mold Concept for Fiber-Plastic Composite Components
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In the ResWer project a new mold design with innovative tempering was developed and implemented by means of advanced molding and casting processes to obtain reproducible fiber plastic composite parts more quickly, less expensively and at higher quality. New casting alloys were processed, and additive manufacturing was used as well.
Limited natural resources and ever-increasing energy prices demand more efficiency in the life cycle of products manufactured using molds, as well as in the manufacturing of the mold itself. There is still room to increase resource efficiency in mold-making, from mold design and production up to actual use. In addition to constantly refining and optimizing the techniques used in manufacturing, an efficient utilization of energy and resources above all entails implementing new manufacturing methods.
Components made of fiber-reinforced plastics are generated in a sophisticated technique combining process engineering and shaping. Most of these components are...
This research and development project was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the Funding Action “SME — Innovative: Resources and Energy Efficiency” (funding number 02PK2430 — 02PK2433) and managed by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA). The author is responsible for the contents of this publication.