Press mould for radial outlet
One of our customers asked us to design and manufacture a mould for the product that was in his hand. He gave us a sample and one data sheet of the product. The process started by creating the 3D model of the product, then specified the material, the surface treatment, and the assembly (in this case it was spot welding).
As the product is a press formed sheet metal piece, we generated the flat pattern from the 3D model and as the laser cutting technology is wide spreaded and relatively cheap we decided to use a laser cut flat pattern as a raw piece for the final product. The big advantage of the laser cutting technology above its cost effectiveness is the easy product modification even at a complicated profile.
After making the required calculations we got the force requirement the angle of sprung back and all the other important data. Having all these data we started to design the mould itself.
The mould parts were made by the drawings, we assembled them. Then – as usual – we made some press test with the mould and the flat pattern. As every mould and flat pattern these were also required some fine tuning, but I can tell that the final product looks nicer than the original one. The parts and joining surfaces looks absolutely perfect after powder painting.
The first samples were sent to laboratory tests where the look, the air-flow, the dimensions were all checked and tested. The result of the test process is excellent so now the serial production can be started.
As our office is usually providing - we have generated and made all the required documentation for this mould as well. So the customer got all the documents ie. engineering statement, technical description, settings manual, the complete manufacturing documentation, exploded view drawings with spare parts catalogue.