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A system for the generation of liquid metal droplets using electromotive forces

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Published

Publication date09/1997
Host publicationProceedings World Congress: Manufacturing Technology Towards 2000: Incorporating the 7th International Conference on Manufacturing Engineering and the 3rd Australasian Conference on Rapid Product Development
PublisherJames Cook University of North Queensland
Pages501-510
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0864436416
Original languageEnglish

Conference

ConferenceWorld Congress: Manufacturing Technology Towards 2000
CountryAustralia
CityCairns
Period15/09/9717/09/97

Conference

ConferenceWorld Congress: Manufacturing Technology Towards 2000
CountryAustralia
CityCairns
Period15/09/9717/09/97

Abstract

As a result of teh success of reducing "time-to-market" of parts produced using the various Rapid Prototyping (RP) technologies, more emphasis is now being placed on the reduction of the secondary process time to gain physical metal parts. To bypass the initial stage of producing a RP model for use in secondary functions, research has been undertaken to develop a system that will directly produce metal parts.
Thsi is a droplet based Solid Freeform Fabrication (SFF) technique which initially directs drops of molten metal onto a substrate forming a layer. Subsequent drops or "splats" stick to the previous layer by thermal adhesion at the point of contact. Solid models are thus made up by a ;ayering process similar to other RP methods.