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Tooling

A Resonant Harmony for Bell Casting and 3D Printing

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

When a 180-year-old bell foundry sought an alternate solution for expensive metal mold patterns, it turned to a 125-year-old company for a modern solution: large-format additive manufacturing.
#sand #composites #casting

Tooling

How Flowable Metal Paste Could Deliver on 3D Printing's Promise for Mold Tooling

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

A new 3D printing process that shapes extruded metal paste before sintering can produce fine detail and surface finish suitable for injection mold cores and cavities with limited or no additional postprocessing.
#hybrid #metal #moldmaking

Tooling

Three Elements of a Micro 3D Printing Platform

By: Julia Hider, Associate Editor

Micro 3D printing, aided by advances in optics, machine design and materials, gives companies the capability to print production runs and produce micro mold inserts without micromachining.
#polymer #moldmaking

Tooling

10 Examples of 3D-Printed Tooling

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Additive manufacturing can aid conventional manufacturing through the production of tooling. This article showcases 10 clever uses of 3D-printed tooling.
#polymer #sand #assemblyconsolidation

Tooling

The Link Between 3D Printing, Surface Finish and Mold Tools

Surface finish for 3D printed mold tooling has a direct effect on the pull-out force needed to remove the final part. Why molders should consider tool roughness along with geometry and materials. 
#composites #postprocessing #polymer

Materials

DMLS or Polyjet? A Hands-On Comparison to Produce Prototype Mold Inserts

By: Barbara Schulz, European Correspondent

The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.
#metal #polymer #moldmaking

Medical & Dental

3D-Printed Molds Accelerate Substitute-Ventilator Validation

Edited by Evan Doran

Fortify’s 3D printing and injection molding expertise saved Ventilator Project weeks and thousands of dollars as the nonprofit hurried to supply clinicians and hospitals at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
#composites #moldmaking

New Dates Announced for Amerimold 2021

Edited by AM Staff

The premier event for mold manufacturing is now set to take place Sept. 22-23, 2021, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
#moldmaking

Medical & Dental

PVD Coatings Solve Common 3D-Printed Mold and Part Problems

By: Christina M. Fuges, Contributing Editor

The right surface modification solution can alleviate a few common additive manufacturing pain points that typically require creating new molds or parts.
#polymer #metal #postprocessing

Consumer Goods

Shoe Manufacturing at Flowbuilt Is Reshored and Reimagined

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.
#polymer #moldmaking

Automotive

In Automotive, Is Additive Manufacturing an Answer for Die Cast Tooling?

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

The largest high-pressure die cast tool builder in North America is 3D printing die inserts and water jackets for major automakers. It’s a tough sell, but one company is succeeding — and it’s just getting started.
#moldmaking #metal

Medical & Dental

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/13/2020

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

In this week's update we discuss how additive manufacturing is supporting injection molding for masks, and ramping up to production quantities of face shields and testing swabs.  
#polymer #metal #moldmaking

Hoosier Pattern Enables the Design and Print of Intricate Geometries

Edited by AM Staff

RAPID 2020: Hoosier Pattern offers the use of 3D printing sand molds and cores that enable users to design and print geometrically intricate designs straight from a CAD file without sacrificing valuable costs and resources.
#casting #prototyping #moldmaking

DyeMansion Powerfuse S Enables Improved Print-to-Product Workflow

Edited by AM Staff

RAPID 2020: DyeMansion’s Powerfuse S is Industry 4.0 ready and offers fully automatic loading, connectivity and batch tracking features.
#prototyping #moldmaking

Rethink Plastics Manufacturing in January 2020 Issue

By: Katelyn Arnold, Assistant Editor

This issue breaks open the conversation about moldmaking versus additive manufacturing.
#moldmaking #polymer

Production

What A Former Moldmaker Has Learned About AM: Leverage Simplicity and Let It Scale

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

The once-again independent Linear AMS is now more focused on additive manufacturing than ever before.
#moldmaking #prototyping #polymer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory, AddUp Partner on AM for Tooling Applications

Edited by AM Staff

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and AddUp have partnered to further additive moldmaking technology for tooling applications.
#moldmaking

Materials

Building Confidence in Additive Manufacturing for Tooling

By: Christina M. Fuges, Contributing Editor

New potential for mold tooling applications is reached with custom-designed materials for additive manufacturing.
#moldmaking #metal

Injection Molding with the Geometric Complexity of 3D Printing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process from Addifab allows for injection molding resins to be processed into shapes not otherwise possible.
#moldmaking #polymer

Video: Controlled Porosity Can Be Functional Advantage Realized via 3D Printing

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

A wall of metal that looks solid is actually 90% dense, allowing gas to pass through. Mold venting is one application.
#moldmaking #metal #video