Development of a Forging Type Rapid Prototyping System; Automation of a Free Forging and Metal Hammering Working
Hidetake Tanaka*, Naoki Asakawa**, and Masatoshi Hirao**
*Division of Innovative Technology and Science, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, Japan
**Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University, Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, Japan
The forging rapid prototyping we proposed based on CAD data involves numerically controlled free forging and metal hammer working as new three-dimensional modeling. Almost all products are now designed and developed using CAD/CAM, and rapid prototyping using CAD data is also used to model design previews or mock ups. Free forging and plastic working, however, have few ways to automate the process. We developed numerical controlled free forging and metal hammer working as new modeling for rapid prototyping. Experimental results demonstrate that our proposal provides feasible three-dimensional modeling as rapid prototyping.
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