Automatic re-contouring of repair-welded tool moulds

Automatic re-contouring of repair-welded tool moulds

Kategorien Konferenz (reviewed)
Jahr 2020
Autoren Denkena, B., Dittrich, M.-A., Heide, K.M.:
Veröffentlicht in 19th Machining Innovations Conference for Aerospace Industry (MIC 2019), November 27th-28th, 2019, Hannover, Germany, Procedia Manufacturing 40 (2019), S. 45-50.

The process of repairing damaged tool moulds is conducted manually in the industry. This results in long process times as well as a high dependence of the repair result on the experience of the worker. After a visual inspection, the detected damages are removed by metal cutting and the missing material is filled by a build-up welding process. Afterwards, the target geometry is restored via machining re-contouring process. Because of the individual tool mould surface and welded seam, each repair case requires an individual machining strategy as well as toolpaths and process control parameters to ensure high surface quality and shape accuracy. This paper introduces an innovative design for recontouring of repair-welded tool moulds, which takes into consideration the individual mould surface, repair welding and material properties. For that purpose, the actual geometry of the tool mould is measured directly in the CNC machine using an optical profile line sensor. Based on the measurement, the re-contouring process is planned automatically by means of a computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software. A material removal simulation with cutting force prognosis is carried out to adapt the process parameters individually with regard to repair time and surface quality. To set up the force and surface simulation model with high model quality, re-contouring experiments are carried out on welded seams made of 1.2343 (AISI H11) as well as on Toolox 44 and 1.2343 workpieces for comparison.

DOI 10.1016/j.promfg.2020.02.009