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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 2522–2535 | Cite as

EDM electrode manufacture using rapid tooling: a review

  • John Kechagias
  • Vassilis Iakovakis
  • Manolis Katsanos
  • Stergios Maropoulos
Article

Abstract

Electrical discharge machining (EDM) is a non-conventional process for the manufacture of complex or hard material parts that are difficult to machine by conventional machining processes. During EDM, the electrode shape is mirrored in the workpiece. As a result, problems are transferred on the electrode manufacturing process. Rapid tooling (RT) is a new technology which uses rapid prototyping (RP) models to reduce the time and cost of tool manufacture. The various methods of manufacturing RT electrodes, with respect to different materials and the incorporated supplementary processes, are classified in the present work. Recent international research work on RT electrodes is reviewed and the results on the performance of RT electrodes are tabulated.

Keywords

Material Removal Rate Electrical Discharge Machine Rapid Prototype Shell Thickness Electrical Discharge Machine Process 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Kechagias
    • 1
  • Vassilis Iakovakis
    • 1
  • Manolis Katsanos
    • 2
  • Stergios Maropoulos
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTechnological Educational Institute of LarissaLarissaGreece
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTechnological Educational Institute of West MacedoniaKozaniGreece

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