A study of injection moulding with bismuth alloy

A. Kus, E. Unver, B. Jagger, I. Durgun

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There is a demand to produce parts in small quantities, using cost effective injection moulding processes. The emerging economic case suggests there will be advantages in producing injection moulding tools for short duration low volume production runs where the tool is rebuilt for each manufacturing cycle. CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping (RP) and digital technologies help to bring new products to market faster. Mould inserts are traditionally produced using expensive and time consuming CNC machining processes. This article presents development of an injection moulding tool where rapid tooling, bismuth-tin mould insert and injection moulding are used to manufacture one hundred plastic parts. It describes the manufacturing methods applied and the use of manual and 3D scanning methods. It also evaluates the surface finishes and dimensions of the parts produced in the tool.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Design, Materials and Manufacturing Processes
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing, SIM 2013
EditorsHelena Bartolo, Paulo Jorge Da Silva Bartolo, Nuno Manual Fernades Alves, Artur Jorge Mateus, Henrique Amorim Almeida, Ana Cristina Soares Lemos, Flávio Craveiro, Carina Ramos, Igor Reis, Lina Durão, Telma Ferreira, José Pinto Duarte, Filipa Roseta, Eduardo Castro e Costa, Filipe Quaresma, João Paulouro Neves
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781138000469
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201329 Jun 2013
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Conference on Sustainable Intelligent Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleSIM 2013


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