The success of a toolpath in double-sided incremental forming (DSIF) is strongly related to the specified tool gap. It is hypothesized in this work that maintained contact between tools and the sheet can improve the distribution of sheet thickness and hence, improve material formability and prevent premature fracture. Simulation and experimental studies reveal that thickness prediction models solely dependent on the local wall angle are inadequate for general part geometries. A ‘Shamrock’ geometry is proposed leading to the development of a novel improved thickness correction model that incorporates wall angle, in-plane curvature, and tool direction.
- Incremental sheet forming
- Process control
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanical Engineering
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering