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.


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For the past 18 months, Harbec has been exploring thermal and fluid transfer processes in nature. Alongside project partners NYSERDA, Cornell, RIT and Terrapin Bright Green, Harbec has been looking at how nature efficiently transfers heat and fluids, and, specifically, how this can be applied to injection molds. Using principles of biomimicry, the company’s project has demonstrated the potential for “growing molds” through additive manufacturing, resulting in energy-efficient and high-performance molds.

Harbec general manager Keith Schneider will speak about biomimetics and 3D-printed solutions for injection molds at the upcoming Additive Manufacturing Conference, co-located with IMTS 2016. Schneider will discuss how 3D-printed tools can incorporate biomimicry into “grown molds” that improve energy efficiency, productivity and quality. The talk will also address how to design or build molds with improved cooling for reduced cycle time and lower energy consumption through the application of direct metal tooling. The presentation takes places Wednesday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. in Sky Ballroom B, room W375-B.

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