Tooling is a primary application for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS), providing for the rapid manufacture of tooling inserts and components. On top of the value of short turn-around time, additional value is created by the unique geometric freedom of design. One of the relevant “advanced tooling” applications is the integration of conformal cooling channels, which improve both the quality and economics of injection molded parts. Tools created by DMLS are fully dense metal and have been used to produce millions of parts in injection molding operations.
Direct Metal Laser-Sintering (DMLS) produces solid metal parts by locally melting metal powder with a focused laser, automatically creating geometries layer-by-layer from 3D CAD data. This unique freedom of design permits the manufacture of highly complex geometries directly from electronic data. DMLS can make EDM and milling obsolete in many cases, especially with complex part geometries where slides, inserts or other tool components with complex characteristics are required.
Improve Tool Geometry
Improve the Injection Molding Process
If you have a project that can benefit from fast lead times and the integration of conformal cooling channels into the tooling, please give us the opportunity to quote your next project.