A Step Towards Automated Design of Side Actions in Injection Molding of Complex Parts
Side actions contribute to mold cost by resulting in an additional manufacturing and assembly cost as well as by increasing the molding cycle time. Therefore, generating shapes of side actions requires solving a complex geometric optimization problem. Different objective functions may be needed depending upon different molding scenarios (e.g., prototyping versus large production runs). Manually designing side actions is a challenging task and requires considerable expertise. Automated design of side actions will significantly reduce mold design lead times. This paper describes algorithms for generating shapes of side actions to minimize a customizable molding cost function.
KeywordsInjection Molding Automate Design Mold Design Side Action Parting Direction
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