Rapid freeze prototyping (RFP) is a solid freeform fabrication process that builds an ice part by rapidly freezing water in a layer by layer manner. One advantage of this process is the ability to build ice parts faster than other SFF processes. The factors that affect the speed of contour building and interior filling in RFP are identified. The influence of these factors is analyzed through heat transfer and material flow analyses. A model based on heat transfer analysis is proposed to determine the maximum achievable speed of contour building under stable conditions. Experiments are conducted to validate the performance of the proposed model for determination of building speed.

Meeting Name

11th Annual Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium (2000: Aug. 8-10, Austin, TX)


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Ice Patterns; Layered Manufacturing; Rapid Freeze Prototyping; Solid Freeform Fabrication

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

10 Aug 2000

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Manufacturing Commons