Steel mould surface improvement by robot fluid jet polishing and robot pad polishing for polymer optic production
Aalen University of Applied Sciences, Centre for Optical Technologies, 73430 Aalen, Germany
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Published online: 10 September 2019
In order to improve the quality of injection-moulded polymer optic parts, it is necessary to improve the quality of the respective steel moulds. For this reason, it is not only necessary to improve the surface roughness of the mould, but also its geometrical shape. The material removal obtained from robot pad polishing is too low. This makes a shape correction after the milling step a very prolonged process. The aim of this work is to use a polishing chain to improve the surface quality of steel samples in terms of shape deviation and surface roughness. This correction polishing chain uses the robot fluid jet polishing for the geometrical shape correction and afterwards the robot pad polishing for the improvement of the surface roughness. Due to the high material removal rates of the fluid jet polishing, it is possible to correct the geometrical shape of steel moulds very fast up to a certain deviation. The pad polishing process improves the surface roughness of the steel samples. A correction of the shape deviation of more than 80% with a RMS of approximately 8 nm was obtained.
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