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Electroforming of a Thermojet Master Pattern for use as an Electro-Discharge Machine Electrode

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

Published

Publication date10/2000
Host publicationTime Compression Technologies 2000 Conference: Proceedings of
PublisherRapid News Publications PLC
Pages151-156
Number of pages6
Original languageEnglish

Conference

ConferenceTime Compression Technologies Conference 2000
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period10/10/0011/10/00

Conference

ConferenceTime Compression Technologies Conference 2000
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff
Period10/10/0011/10/00

Abstract

Recent advances in 3D Systems Thermojet materials have led to improved accuracy of models. These wax models have been used as mandrels for electroforming EDM tools. The speed of production of the models, together with the use of low stress, thin walled copper electroforms allows the rapid production of prototype or production tooling. The paper discusses the metallisation process, factors in maintaining accuracy of reproduction of the final electroform, and the relationship between design, model, and final part accuracy.