RE: Improved Accuracy Tools

From: will pattison (
Date: Thu Apr 15 1999 - 17:33:53 EEST

from a product development standpoint, i have to say that this all seems
theoretically sound, but also time consuming, expensive, and fraught with
opportunities for error.

i suppose that if you could do it all and still realize worthwhile time and
cost savings over traditional methods, then it would be viable.

will pattison
product development engineer
4d design

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 1:50 PM
Subject: Re: Improved Accuracy Tools


Why not go one step further?

The mold was designed to make a plastic part, right? The mold design
involved several assumptions about shrinkage, etc. (and these assumptions
are only nominally correct.)

Why not prototype,
Build the tool,
Mold parts,
Measure the parts,
Correct the CAD file,
and iterate.

We did some work with this concept for soft foam tooling in a vaccuum
bagging application.



>-- [ From: Al Hastbacka * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --
>When making injection molding tools, one of Sanders customers has found
>a way to improve on the very high accuracy of the Sanders Model Maker II
>(best accuracy of the commercially available US RP systems).
>This is how it was done..
>1. Fabricate the tool pattern on the ModelMaker II
>2.Send it to NDM for fabrication of the tool
>3. Measure the resulting tool
>4. Resize the CAD file to compensate for the measured errors
>5. Fabricate the second tool pattern on the ModelMaker II keeping all of
>the configuration files as they were in step 1.
>6. Send the second tool pattern to NDM for fabricating the tool in
>stainless steel
>7. Measure the second version of the tool
>The measurements of the second tool were found to track within 1/2 to
>one mil of the original CAD file.
>Al Hastbacka
>For more information about the rp-ml, see

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