3D Sand Printing for Automotive Mass Production Applications

Hackney, Philip and Wooldridge, Richard (2017) 3D Sand Printing for Automotive Mass Production Applications. International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 6 (3). pp. 134-154. ISSN 1757-8817

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Additive manufacturing (AM) of metallic products is seen by many to be commercially viable for only small and highly complex components, manufactured with difficult to machine materials using heat sintering process. In the automotive manufacturing sector, metal hard tooling is often required to produce mass produced components, and the tools are typically bespoke, large in size, inflexible and complex. Conventionally these tools have either been machined from solid billets or near-net-shape cast and then machined to achieve final size. Rapid casting technologies (RCT) use AM 3D sand printing process to manufacture sand mould tools used to create the production tooling. Adopters of this technology can achieve an increasingly agile and robust production process, RCT can also rewrite the design hand book for casting design. The research findings demonstrate that RCT can be successfully applied within the automotive industry, achieving considerable cost and time savings whilst improving quality and product flexibility.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 3D sand printing, rapid casting technology, rapid tooling, sand casting, 3D printing, automotive manufacturing, automobile industry, mass production, additive manufacturing, casting design, sand mould tools
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Dr Philip Hackney
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 14:41
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:50
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31378

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