Designing a Tool System for Lowering Friction during the Ejection of In-Die Sintered Micro Gears
AbstractThe continuous improvements in micro-forging technologies generally involve process, material, and tool design. The field assisted sintering technique (FAST) is a process that makes possible the manufacture of near-net-shape components in a closed-die setup. However, the final part quality is affected by the influence of friction during the ejection phase, caused by radial expansion of the compacted and sintered powder. This paper presents the development of a pre-stressed tool system for the manufacture of micro gears made of aluminum. By using the hot isostatic pressing (HIP) sintering process and different combinations of process parameters, the designed tool system was compared to a similar tool system designed without a pre-stressing strategy. The comparison between the two tool systems was based on the ejection force and part fidelity. The ejection force was measured during the tests, while the part fidelity was documented using an optical microscope and computed tomography in order to obtain a multi-scale characterization. The results showed that the use of pre-stress reduced the porosity in the gear by 40% and improved the dimensional fidelity by more than 75% compared to gears produced without pre-stress. View Full-Text
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Cannella, E.; Nielsen, E.K.; Stolfi, A. Designing a Tool System for Lowering Friction during the Ejection of In-Die Sintered Micro Gears. Micromachines 2017, 8, 214.
Cannella E, Nielsen EK, Stolfi A. Designing a Tool System for Lowering Friction during the Ejection of In-Die Sintered Micro Gears. Micromachines. 2017; 8(7):214.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cannella, Emanuele; Nielsen, Emil K.; Stolfi, Alessandro. 2017. "Designing a Tool System for Lowering Friction during the Ejection of In-Die Sintered Micro Gears." Micromachines 8, no. 7: 214.
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