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Formaplex has produced a detailed model head from a medium-density polyurethane (PU) material using one of its CMS Poseidon machining centres.
Formaplex says the production of the head demonstrates the intricate shapes and patterns that can be created using these materials and its machining technology.
The head started life as a 400x400x550mm cube of PU modelling material, which was machined into the life-like form using the company’s new high-speed Delcam PowerMill.
“The trickiest parts were the ears and the dimple below the lips, which required full five-axis machining. The five-axis technology allowed me to use shorter tooling, which gave me the ability to reach further into the structure and to create the curves that make the head look so life-like”, explains Rob Slidel, Formaplex’s Foxhound Machining Manager.
“If you take a look at the head, you can see that the contours of the face match a human face perfectly. Overall, the detail is superb. This project helped us to cut our teeth on the new system and we are using the same techniques on the Foxhound”, he adds.
The Formaplex head is now being used for publicity and demonstration purposes. “It’s an excellent example of modern manufacturing techniques performed on state- of-the-art machines, and is a true indication of the versatility of our technology and staff”, comments Ian Wilson, Formaplex’s Projects Director.
“We are constantly seeking challenging projects in new industries so that we can continue to test our technical capabilities and develop our high-level skill base. Our latest project shows that we know how to get ‘ahead’ in composites”, he adds.
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