MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 157, 2018Machine Modelling and Simulations 2017 (MMS 2017)
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Section||Modelling and simulation, structural optimization|
|Published online||14 March 2018|
Computer simulation of thermoforming process and its verification using a rapid tooling mould
Department of Polymer Processing, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej 19c, 42-201 Częstochowa, Poland
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The results of computer simulation of thermoforming process made using ANSYS Polyflow software are presented in this paper. The analysis of the wall thickness distribution across an U-shaped thermoformed product manufactured using a positive mould was made. The simulation results were verified using a mould manufactured in a 3D printing process which was Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) and a poly(ethylene terephthalate) formed sheet. It was proven that the computer simulation and a tool made with a Rapid Tooling technology can be useful for predicting the quality of a thermoformed part, particularly to find the problems with thin-walled areas.
Key words: computer simulation / thermoforming
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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