Thanks for the info. A few clarifications:
> LOM can make it for hydroforming, but only for simple geometry
> (bending rather than drawing) and limited pressure, i.e. 150 bar.
> With your 3mm steel drawn 50mm, you easily top 100 bar on a
> hydroforming press.
I assume you mean 1000 bars? Actually I'm more interested in
LOM/hydroforming for sheet metal (e.g., auto body panels) than this
application, but since I was asking.......
> But why cast metal ?
> Build you pulley with SLA, then use a special drawing die resin from
> Ciba, a low-temperature alloy by MCP or even a Concrete from Densit
> AS, Denmark.
> But, to be honest, I am not sure about tool wear in YOUR 3 mm steel -
Tool wear is important, as the thought is that since we are sure of the
design :^), this prototype tool could also be used as a production tool
(50K or so yearly) or at the very least a bridge tool.
> So, I feel that you could end up high speed milling a tool.
True, high speed CNC are rare here, mostly things are shipped to Japan
and we are definately trying to avoid that. We have acquired some CNC
machines, but they are just being set up, so I still think of RP first.
You know, "when your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a
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