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Final Report - HYMOULD (Development of a hybrid machine tool concept for manufacturing of free-form surface moulds)

Project ID: 32931
Funded under: FP6-SME


The competitive strength of European industry is based on continuous product innovation, reduced production time and costs and the maintenance of high quality in manufacturing. In this field, the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in supporting global players like automotive, aircraft, or capital goods industries or tapping the full potential of traditional sectors by the use of advanced technologies.

An important market sector is the injection moulding of plastics for household or industrial use. Today's applications require extensive throughput time and costs in mould and die making. Modern applications in heat resistant metal dies suffer significantly from a lack of suitable machining capabilities. Therefore, the intended project aim is an integrated hybrid machine tool solution on basis of three manufacturing technologies - HSC-milling, laser ablation, and dry-ice blasting - for automated machining high-quality free-form moulds and dies.

The accompanying final report includes photos and diagrams and highlights that several benchmark-processes and benchmark parts have been defined and treated by different processes at different partners. The measures and test series will be put together in a data basis in a unitary design.

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