Moldmaking

Hybrid Production, Not Just Prototyping, at Matsuura's New Additive Manufacturing Center

The new Matsuura Machinery USA Lumex Additive Manufacturing Center is one part lab, one part showroom and one part production facility—all meant to showcase the company’s hybrid manufacturing capabilities.

Comparing Conventional and 3D Printing Processes for Sand Casting

New research shows surprising benefits for 3D-printed molds and cores over traditional casting processes.

Linear Comes Full Circle

The relaunched company will focus on metal 3D printing of mold inserts with conformal cooling. The timing is great, because some high-volume molders have just finished proving that this solution works.

Video: The Case for Hybrid Manufacturing in Moldmaking

Instead of relying on EDM to machine features recessed deep into the part, machine those features while 3D printing progresses, finishing them before they become hard to reach.

Amerimold 2018 to Highlight "Avenues to Additive Manufacturing"

The 2018 edition of the trade show includes a panel presentation exploring how and why mold shops pursue 3D printing and additive manufacturing. 

Video: Moldmaker Succeeding with Conformal Cooling

B&J Specialty now complements its machining capabilities with metal 3D printing for making mold inserts with cooling channels that follow the contours of the mold. The shop is even revisiting challenging molds from the past.

Conformally Cooled Injection Mold Reduces Cycle Time by 55 Percent

With Renishaw’s help, Kärcher ended its production bottleneck using 3D-printed molds with conformal cooling channels.

The Right Design, Material and Machine Combination Takes the Risk Out of 3D Printing Molds

Full-service design and mold delivery, moldmaking materials, and a low-cost, high-precision printer minimize the technical risk of 3D-printed mold tryout.

3D Robotic Deposition Advances Conformal Cooling

A new conformal cooling technique has emerged, rooted in a multilayer robotic deposition technology that is capable of manufacturing near-net shape objects.

AM Molds Improve Quality of Injection-Molded Plastic Parts

A  case study illustrates how additively manufactured metal molds could improve the quality of molded pressure reduction valves, reducing scrap along with speeding cooling.

Foundry Says Robotic Sand Printing a “Game Changer” for Metal Casting

The Hazleton Casting Company augments its traditional foundry operations with additive manufacturing. A new sand 3D printing system is expanding options for the foundry’s customers in areas including legacy tooling, product development and design complexity.

Aerospace Project Pairs 3D Printing with Investment Casting

A research project conducted by Autodesk reduced the weight of an airplane seat frame using 3D-printed patterns and investment casting in magnesium.