Title

Improving Molds for Rapid Freeze Prototyping

Presenter Information

Brandon Adams

Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Research Advisor

Leu, M. C. (Ming-Chuan)

Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri Alliance for Minority Participation

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to examine the various types of ceramic materials used for mold making in the Rapid Freeze Prototyping (RFP) process. This project will examine how mixing combinations of ceramic materials affect the accuracy of parts produced from the mold. From these mixtures, molds will be produce and analyzed to see which mixtures produced the desired properties. The right choice of ceramic materials is not only critical to the mold quality, but should also yield a mold that produces parts with high accuracy and a smooth surface. Future research could also be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the grain sizing of the ceramic materials towards further enhancing mold properties.

Biography

Brandon is a sophomore attending the University of Missouri - Rolla majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is the son of Beatrice Adams and is from Florissant, Missouri. He is actively involved as the Vice-President and Secretary of the Black Man’s Think Tank.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Research Proposals, Third place

Presentation Date

12 Apr 2006, 9:00 am

Comments

Joint project with Daniel Gill

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Improving Molds for Rapid Freeze Prototyping

The purpose of this project is to examine the various types of ceramic materials used for mold making in the Rapid Freeze Prototyping (RFP) process. This project will examine how mixing combinations of ceramic materials affect the accuracy of parts produced from the mold. From these mixtures, molds will be produce and analyzed to see which mixtures produced the desired properties. The right choice of ceramic materials is not only critical to the mold quality, but should also yield a mold that produces parts with high accuracy and a smooth surface. Future research could also be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the grain sizing of the ceramic materials towards further enhancing mold properties.