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Injection forming for hybrid foam structures
Clemson researchers have developed a polymer injection forming system that produces multi-material hybrid materials. The process revolves around the combination of traditional methods with supercritical fluid assisted injection, and allows for different geometries and depth of deformation. This is achieved through a novel mold and modelling approach with an adjustable cavity thickness and thermal and pressure sensors. By monitoring the melt flow pattern, the technology can be used to better model the mechanical interaction of melt flow and blank deformation, and the effect of the solidified layer. This technology mitigates the practical challenges related to shrinkage and springback while serving as an efficient way of producing multi-material hybrid structures.
• Enabling lightweight hybrid metal foam composite structures.
• Mitigates traditional setbacks while making hybrid structures more cost-effective and efficient
• Combines separate metal forming and injection molding processes into a single scalable production process.
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