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German machine tool manufacturer TRUMPF is highlighting the TruPrint 1000 laser metal fusion 3D printer as the ideal entry-level machine for mold making.
Christoph Dörr, innovation and distribution partner at TRUMPF, said, “We’re hoping to inspire toolmakers to exploit the huge potential of 3D printing. That’s why we also offer them training in 3D design.”
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TRUMPF TruPrint laser metal fusion machine. Image via TRUMPF.
Molding methods are mostly used for making a large number of parts, as the cost of mold making via traditional methods can be significant.
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Incorporating 3D printing into mold making processes have shown benefits such as faster lead times and design freedom. Companies such as 3D Systems, voxeljet, and Soliscape have released 3D printers especially for casting and molding applications.
But Dörr believes that in Germany manufacturers have been reluctant to adopt 3D printing for casting and tooling. “Many companies lack the necessary expertise and are unwilling to make the investment,” commented Dörr.
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A metal part made with TruPrint 1000. Image via TRUMPF.
Injection molding of plastics is by far the most common method for manufacturing consumer products. An injection molding machine typically consists of a feeder, heaters and a nozzle. The raw material is fed into the machine which is then melted and pushed at high pressure into a mold.
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