Intelligent process planning methods for the manufacturing of moulds

Biermann, D.1, a; Zabel, A.1, b; Michelitsch, T.1, c; Kersting, P.1, d

Institut für Spanende Fertigung, Technische Universität Dortmund, Baroper Str. 303, 44227 Dortmund

a); b); c); d)


The layout of temperature control systems for moulds is decisive for the performance and stability of the production process. A design and optimisation approach for temperature control systems is introduced, coping with geometric constraints and complex thermal dependencies and allowing a significant reduction of manufacturing costs. Five-axis milling processes are increasingly used for the production of moulds in order to achieve high surface qualities and low manufacturing times. The CAM-programming required for the milling of free-formed surfaces in this field is complex and error-prone. An approach is shown, which automatically generates five-axis NC-paths from existing error-free three-axis paths.


mould temperature control, five-axis milling, multi-objective optimisation


International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 40 (2011) 1/2, S. 64-70, doi: 10.1504/IJCAT.2011.038551