Moldmaking

Design Guidelines for Conformal Cooling Water Lines

Additive manufacturing enables complex geometries and nonround cross-sections for conformal cooling lines, but some design lessons from conventionally drilled lines are still relevant.

Spotlight on Tooling in May Issue

3D-printed tooling—parts for making other parts—is the theme running through this month’s Additive Manufacturing magazine. Also highlighted is the upcoming Rapid trade show and conference.

MarkForged Metal Printer: Sintering Can Wait

Separating 3D printing from high-temperature processing is part of how the company’s Metal X realizes a price less than established metal AM equipment.

Laser Optimization Helps Brings AM to the Next Level

A new productivity-boosting technology, called parallel mode, redefines metal 3D printer process speed.

Design Enhancements for Conformal-Cooled Insert Leverage 3D Printing Capabilities

A collaborative mold project reveals that the value of 3D printing isn’t in the process, it’s in the products.

Milacron Partners with Linear AMS to Provide Conformal Cooling Solutions

Linear AMS will provide metal 3D-printed mold components as part of a Milacron product line.

Amerimold 2017 Adds Additive Manufacturing Workshop

The pre-show workshop is just one of the new features of this year’s mold manufacturing event.

Biomimicry: Nature’s Way of Cooling Tools with DMLS

Research leveraged biomimicry, a design method based on structures and systems found in nature, to develop a better mold.

Beyond Conformal Cooling: Uniform Thermal Surface Control

The concept leverages principles of conformal cooling to enable even more precise temperature control.

What Is the Most Widely Used 3D-Printed Material?

ExOne’s CTO recently offered an educated guess. His answer highlights an underappreciated success of AM.

Molder’s Experience Illustrates How AM Will Interact with Other Advances

Additive manufacturing is not moving forward in isolation. It will leverage and work in harmony with other manufacturing technologies that are also moving forward.

AM Conference Speaker: Harbec

Harbec reports on its exploration of thermal and fluid transfer processes in nature and how this can be applied to injection molds using additive manufacturing.