By printing on a machined basic body, impressive and highly cost-effective hybrid components are created. We have successfully repaired new geometries for worn or broken components. Similarly, in the new parts, we have combined the strengths of traditional manufacturing methods and additive manufacturing.
The structures made possible by 3D printing of metals take us to a new level. A good example is the cooling channels of injection molds, which can be used to optimize the production of plastic parts and bring significant production efficiencies through shorter cycle times and improved yield. The quality of the injection-molded products can also be improved: the even cooling achieved by the cooling channel systems reduces distortions and thus improves the quality of the products and minimizes waste.
Molds wear out in use. Hybrid printing is a fast and cost-effective way to turn an old mold into a new one. In practice, the worn part is cut off so that the upper surface remains flat. The removed part is then replaced by 3D printing. When remodeling older molds, optimization of channels may be considered with the aim of streamlining the process as described above.
3D printing is digital manufacturing at its best. The design and manufacturing tools enable very different simulations along the way to ensure the optimal outcome. In this way, the characteristics of the product to be printed can still be largely verified on a computer screen. This saves everyone time and money.