Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Major

Industrial Engineering

First Advisor

Matthew C. Frank

Abstract

The overarching objective of this work is to develop a rapid manufacturing process that produces plastic pattern tooling. The process is considered a hybrid approach to tooling because it will involve bonding sheets of plastic through ultrasonic welding and machining the desired features into each layer. In order to realize this new system, there are several sub objectives that are satisfied in this work; 1) the development and refinement of the bonding process, 2) process planning methods for inter and intra slab processing and 3) machine integration and testing. In this work a method is presented for determining energy director location. A pattern tool was created using this method for energy director location to verify the entirety with process planning, ultrasonic welding, and machining integrated together.

Copyright Owner

Nicholas James Hennessy

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

44 pages

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