Investigation of the single point heating tool for the robotised incremen-tal polymer sheet forming process
Keywords:single point heating, , heating parameters, polymer forming, incremental sheet forming, heating device for forming, manufacturing, robotics
Incremental sheet forming (ISF) technology is a suitable and flexible solution to create complex 3D geometries of the sheet. A sheet is gradually formed into the desired shape with a forming tool usually attached to a CNC machine or robot. This process is valid with metal as well as with polymer sheets. However, the inaccuracy of geometry and occurring process errors in previously discussed industries prove the novelty of the technology.
In this research a novel single point heated toll with control system for incremental sheet forming process is proposed and investigated. Experimental research results revealed main heating parameters necessary for ISF and mechanical properties dependency from heating.