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Formaplex produce detailed model head from medium-density polyurethane

News International-French

26 Jun 2013

Formaplex Foxhound Machining Manager Rob Slidel produced a detailed model head from a medium-density PU material using one of their CMS Poseidon machining centres.

The production of the head demonstrates the intricate shapes and patterns that can be created using these materials and their machining technology. Their advanced machining expertise is used by leading players in the motorsport, automotive, aerospace, defence and marine industries.

The head started life as a 400mm x 400mm x 550mm cube of PU modelling material, which was machined into the lifelike form using their new high-speed Delcam PowerMill.

The trickiest parts for Rob were the ears and the dimple below the lips, which required full 5-axis machining. The 5-axis technology allowed him to use shorter tooling, which gave him the ability to reach further into the structure and to create the curves that make the head look so lifelike.

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 the company to cut their teeth on the new system and they are using the same techniques on the Foxhound.

Composite Head Machining Time-lapse

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 Formaplex technology and staff.