Rapid Prototyping – EPS – XPS – Styrofoam and Styrodur – Flexible 3D foam milling / mold construction
Rapid Prototyping with Styrodur / XPS, EPS, PUR
Rapid prototyping with the CNC machine in rigid foam. Milling is done in these examples in Styrodur, Styrofoam and Ureol. Thanks to the 3-way height-adjustable table top struts, you have the choice of milling plate materials with maximum stability or high 3D bodies at any time.
Rapid Prototyping: boat hull made of Styrodur
In our first example, we cut a boat hull from Styrodur and used our large milling machine RaptorX-SL. For the rapid prototyping with Styrodur, we use an exceptional steel polystyrene cutter with a diameter of 20 mm and a length of 150 mm. For the depth infeed during roughing, we chose here to be 110 mm; the distance between the milling paths is 2 mm. It is finished directly.
In this case, the milling paths were generated by the software DeskProto. Of course, it is also feasible with our software ConstruCAM-3D. The feed speed is 100 mm per second, 6 meters per minute. The complete two-part mold with a size of approx. 1000 mm x 500 mm x 220 mm was completed in only approx. 190 minutes.
With the cutter used and the high feed speeds, we got a clean and for the material relatively smooth surface, which comes very close to a hot wire cut.
There are special lacquers or roll coatable and sprayable two-component coatings for the surface treatment of Styrofoam, which make these materials shine even in high-gloss colors and, above all, are even weatherproof. Thus, XPS / Styrodur is ideal for rapid prototyping, fair trade construction, 3D mold construction, or large-scale mold construction. Also, the RaptorX-SL CNC Milling Machine is suitable for 3D machining in wood, metals and even stone.
Rapid prototyping of model foam
In this example, we show rapid prototyping images of the making of wings from model foam. 3D milling is, so to speak, the supreme discipline in machining.
Your data can be created in a 3D CAD program such as Turbo-CAD or Corel 3D and then converted into G-codes using the CAD-CAM software DeskProto Lite or DeskProto 4.0. WIN PCNC Economy or professional CNC-CAM software is then responsible for controlling the machine.
Our large CNC milling machines are also able to carry out 3D work simultaneously on 4 axes.
Rapid Prototyping with Ureol
The pictures for the example of rapid prototyping in Ureol could also be without any text, because the results speak for themselves. This is also a nice example of the sensitivity of the system against contamination by PVC and Ureol.
It does not matter which contours without undercuts you have to deal with. To convert drafts in DXF or stl format, DeskProto software offers everything you can do to create readable G codes in no time at all with the WIN PCNC software (from version Economy 3D ready onwards).
Rapid prototyping with polystyrene mold construction
Rapid prototyping of a car body with the 3D-CNC milling machine RaptorX-SL made of styrofoam. We mill with a very special Styrofoam cutter (diameter 20 mm and length 150 mm) made of steel. The depth infeed during roughing was selected here to be 140 mm, the distance between the milling paths is 5 mm, for finishing 1.5 mm.
Of course, the milling paths were generated by the software ConstruCAM-3D.
The feed speed is 100 mm per second, 6 meters per minute. The complete form with a size of approx. 600 x 450 x 140mm was completed in only approx. 15 minutes. In these materials, one could, for the sake of saving time, forego the pre-milling and finish the workpiece directly with a small distance between the tracks.
With the special milling cutter used and the high feed speeds, we got a clean and for the material quite smooth surface, which comes very close to a hot wire cut.
There are special lacquers or roll coatable and sprayable two-component coatings for the surface treatment of Styrofoam, which make these materials shine even in high-gloss colors and, above all, are even weatherproof. This makes Styrofoam the ideal material for trade fair construction, mold construction, large-scale construction, etc.