Complex Shaped Mold Manufacturing by Means of Laminate Object Manufacturing
Center for Composite Materials
Complex shaped composite parts are needed for many applications. The base of every complex shaped part is a mold that represents the shape. However, the fabrication of a mold is very expensive and requires a high amount of skills, money and labor time. Therefore, a low cost, flexible and fast process is needed. Rapid prototyping processes such as Laminate Object Manufacturing (LOM) can reduce cost and time. But is this process, based on sensitive paper, can be used to build molds? The goal of this project is to evaluate the manufacturing process of a paper baser LOM mold and to improve the strength of such a mold in order to increase its durability.