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A method for representation of component geometry using discrete pin for reconfigurable moulds

Wang, Y.; Wang, Z.-J.; Gindy, Nabil


Y. Wang

Z.-J. Wang

Nabil Gindy


Moulding plays a paramount role in our daily life. Traditional moulding is often dedicated and expensive. As the current market trend moves from mass production towards small batch and large variation production, the demand for a mould that can reconfigure itself for different components is greater than ever. The reconfiguration of mould is often realized through discrete pins. Previous research in that field had focused on the hardware of pin actuation in order to move pins up or down to represent different components and lock the pins at certain positions. Little research has been conducted into support software development that enables rapid reconfiguration of discrete pins to represent component geometry.This paper addresses a new method of software development for the reconfigurable mould utilising discrete pins. The overall aim of the method is to provide an interface for generic discrete pin tooling in order to enable quick reconfiguration of the mould to represent component geometry. The software is composed of three parts: part discretization, pin matrix construction and adjustment and pin matrix verification.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 10, 2011
Online Publication Date Apr 22, 2011
Publication Date Jul 31, 2011
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2017
Journal Advances in Engineering Software
Print ISSN 0965-9978
Electronic ISSN 1873-5339
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 42
Issue 7
Keywords Representation of geometry; Discrete pin; Reconfigurable moulds; Part discretization; Pin matrix construction and adjustment; Pin matrix verification
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