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Optimization of stereolithography process parameters for part strength using design of experiments

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Rapid prototyping (RP) is an emerging technology that has been implemented in many spheres of industry – particularly in the area of new product development. Growth of this field has been rapid in recent years. Stereolithography (SL) is one of the most popular RP process used for rapid tooling applications. There are several process parameters contributing to the strength of an SL product. The contribution of three parameters; namely, layer thickness, post curing time and orientation are most significant. In light of this concern, an attempt has been made to study and optimize these process parameters for maximum part strength, and develop an empirical relationship between process parameters and part strength through design of experiments (DOE). The proposed DOE is verified with the data of experiments conducted under standard conditions.

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Chockalingam, K., Jawahar, N., Ramanathan, K. et al. Optimization of stereolithography process parameters for part strength using design of experiments. Int J Adv Manuf Technol 29, 79–88 (2006).

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  • Design of experiments
  • Process optimization
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Rapid tooling
  • Stereolithography
  • Taguchi method