Geometrical shape improvement of steel moulds by robot polishing process for polymer optic replication

Rui Almeida*, Rainer Börret, Mario Pohl, David K. Harrison, Anjali K.M. De Silva

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The quality of injection-moulded polymer optic parts depends on the surface finish of the respective mould. In order to improve the surface finish of the mould, it is important to use a tactical material removal, which allows a controlled correction of the mould’s surface geometry. The aim of this work is to use a polishing correction technique to improve and correct the flatness of hardened steel samples in order to reduce the need for manual polishing. A polishing tool function is simulated from the contact between the tool and the hardened steel sample and used to determine the material removal rate per time. A feed profile is calculated, which allows the industrial robot to tactically control the material removal. It is observed that a correction improves the surface’s flatness by up to 70%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-263
Number of pages17
JournalProduction and Manufacturing Research
Issue number1
Early online date23 Aug 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • material removal control
  • material removal simulation
  • Steel mould polishing
  • surface correction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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