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2.3 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Demoulding components without damage to either the components or tool is critical to successful replication processes. Accurate demoulding force prediction prior to tool fabrication helps designers optimize replication tools to minimize the demoulding force and resultant stress on replicated parts. Various models have been proposed to predict demoulding forces. One such model, the stair-step model, was developed by Colton et al for stereolithographic moulding tools. This paper investigates applying the model to other periodic surfaces with validation using published experimental data. In addition validity of the model for application to micro mould surfaces produced by micro milling is discussed.
Delaney, K., Bissacco, G., Kennedy, D.: A Study of Demoulding Force Prediction Applied to Periodic Mould Surface Profiles. Society of Plastic Engineers' ANTEC 2010 conference. 2010.