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Award winning 3D printer manufacturer Desktop Metal has launched H13 tool steel for its Studio System. Demonstrating exceptional hot hardness and abrasion resistance, H13 is an incredibly versatile material suitable for both hot and cold tooling applications. Ric Fulop, CEO and co-founder of Desktop Metal, stated:
“Expanding the Studio System materials portfolio to include H13 tool steel enables designers and engineers to print mold inserts, extrusion dies, forging dies, and sheet metal tooling, including stamping, embossing, bending, and countersinking.”
Advantage - Iteration - Refinement - Tools - H13
“This is a key competitive advantage to enable rapid iteration and refinement of tools requiring H13, and the reduction of manufacturing lead times. Teams will also be able to achieve complex geometries that have not been possible with traditional manufacturing methods like machining.”
A 3D printed zipper mold made with H13 tool steel. Photo via Desktop Metal.
Certain - Molds - Extrusion - Dies - Geometries
Certain molds and extrusion dies have complex geometries which prove challenging for traditional machining processes. Such parts must also be able to withstand the extreme temperatures and pressures required to push molten materials through the extrusion die. Multiple iterations in these molds and die designs can be costly and time-consuming.
The H13 tool steel which can now be used within the Studio System can produce dies with intricate extrusion profiles, expanding the possibilities of 3D printing on the desktop. A number of other 3D printer manufacturers, including DMLS provider Farsoon Technologies, binder jet specialist ExOne, and direct competitor Markforged have also developed H13 for use on their platforms.
Example - H13 - Injection - Mold - Support
As an example, H13 has been used in injection mold cores that support the production of mouthpieces for asthma inhalers. Conventionally, such injection mold cores’ cooling time accounts for 95% of the mold’s entire life cycle. However, the...
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