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Ims rapid product development

Objective

The objective of the project IMS Rapid Product Development is to accelerate product development processes for mechanical parts by providing methods and tools for rapid manufacturing. The project comprises the realisation of a substantially improved process chain starting with physical or digital product models and leading to validate physical parts made of mass production materials in small or medium sized series. In order to realise this, innovative Reverse Engineering and Rapid Tooling technologies are developed. The realisation of the process chain can act as a prototype for a virtual enterprise.
The project has contributed to the following achievements:
1. Software for high-quality facet model generation from point-clouds is available;
2. An improved Rapid tooling software based on facet model is available;
3. A first prototype process chain for hard tooling using powder binder mixtures is available;
4. The soft-tooling process can be used to injection mould more than 5000 parts (size: up to 200-120-50, material: PA with 30% glass fibre filling) in one of these tools with no visible wear on the tool;
5. SLA-test tools can been manufactured and assembled into bolsters allowing injection moulding trials for real Engineering parts;
6. Test of tool design software (create draft angle, parting lines).

Several test parts were produced using the software and tooling methods developed within the project and the parts are running on actual prototype engines of the industrial partner BOM. These results serve as a base for benchmarking the technologies against conventional manufacturing technologies.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Nobelstrasse 12
70569 Stuttgart
Germany

Participants (9)

ARRK PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Hill House, 1 Little New Street
EC4A 3TR London
Bombardier Rotax GmbH
Austria
Address
32,Welser Strasse 32
4623 Gunskirchen
DaimlerChrysler AG
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-runge-strasse 11
89081 Ulm
Dansk Teknologisk Institut
Denmark
Address
Teknologiparken
8000 Arhus
De Montfort University
United Kingdom
Address
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
ENSINGER - TECARIM GMBH
Austria
Address
184,Floetzerweg 184
4030 Linz
MATERIALISE NV
Belgium
Address
60,Kapeldreef 60
3001 Heverlee
Swedish Institute of Production Engineering Research
Sweden
Address
30,Argongatan
431 53 Mölndal
WIBA AB
Sweden
Address
24,Graennavaegen 24
561 31 Huskvarna