Potential of Rapid Tooling in Rapid Heat Cycle Molding : A Review

Huzaim, Nurul Hidayah Mohamad and Rahim, Shayfull and Musa, Luqman and Abdellah, Abdellah El-hadj and Abdullah, Mohd Mustafa Al Bakri and Rennie, Allan and Rahman, Rozyanti and Garus, Sebastian and Błoch, Katarzyna and Sandu, Andrei Victor and Vizureanu, Petrica and Nabiałek, Marcin (2022) Potential of Rapid Tooling in Rapid Heat Cycle Molding : A Review. Materials, 15 (10): 3725. ISSN 1996-1944

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Rapid tooling (RT) and additive manufacturing (AM) are currently being used in several parts of industry, particularly in the development of new products. The demand for timely deliveries of low-cost products in a variety of geometrical patterns is continuing to increase year by year. Increased demand for low-cost materials and tooling, including RT, is driving the demand for plastic and rubber products, along with engineering and product manufacturers. The development of AM and RT technologies has led to significant improvements in the technologies, especially in testing performance for newly developed products prior to the fabrication of hard tooling and low-volume production. On the other hand, the rapid heating cycle molding (RHCM) injection method can be implemented to overcome product surface defects generated by conventional injection molding (CIM), since the surface gloss of the parts is significantly improved, and surface marks such as flow marks and weld marks are eliminated. The most important RHCM technique is rapid heating and cooling of the cavity surface, which somewhat improves part quality while also maximizing production efficiencies. RT is not just about making molds quickly; it also improves molding productivity. Therefore, as RT can also be used to produce products with low-volume production, there is a good potential to explore RHCM in RT. This paper reviews the implementation of RHCM in the molding industry, which has been well established and undergone improvement on the basis of different heating technologies. Lastly, this review also introduces future research opportunities regarding the potential of RT in the RHCM technique.

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