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Effect of Die Geometry Properties on Forming of Micro-Parts by Forward-Backward Extrusion of 6063 Aluminum Alloy

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N. Takatsuji, T. Funazuka

University of Toyama, Toyama, Japan

K. Dohda

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Paper No. MSEC2014-4202, pp. V001T03A023; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference collocated with the JSME 2014 International Conference on Materials and Processing and the 42nd North American Manufacturing Research Conference
  • Volume 1: Materials; Micro and Nano Technologies; Properties, Applications and Systems; Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Detroit, Michigan, USA, June 9–13, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4580-6
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The recent trend towards miniaturization of products and technology has boosted a strong demand for such metallic micro-parts with micro features and high tolerances. Conventional forming technologies, such as extrusion and drawing, have encountered new challenges at the micro-scale level due to the ‘size effects’ that tends to be predominant at this scale level. Friction is one of the predominant factors exercising strong effects in micro-forming. Previous studies varied grain size of the test pieces in order to examine size effects in micro-extrusion. In addition, the effects on the extrusion load, forming shape, as well as hardness of different grain sizes, die coatings and lubricants were compared. DLC coating has been proven effective as a die coating. Increasing grain size was effective with lubricants having high viscosity. In this study, the effect of different die Properties is compared and examined.

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