Metal 3D Printer Combines Laser Sintering and High-Speed Milling
Plustech Inc. introduces the Sodick OPM250 metal 3D printer in booth W782 at NPE2018. The printer combines laser sintering of metal powder and high-speed milling in the same machine. This can speed production of tooling components such as cores and cavities with conformal cooling channels. Additive manufacturing reportedly can produce in one piece components that would normally be assembled from multiple parts.
For this moldmaker, wire EDM helps streamline production of inserts that are “grown” with cooling lines already inside.
Using cooling simulation to circuit your cooling lines properly.
I saw my first 3D-printed hot runner manifold at K 2019 in Germany, but the system did not have a name yet. Fast forward to 2020 and it not only has a name, but it’s been successfully implemented in a number of applications across Europe. And today, it’s ready for the North American marketplace.