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Conformally cooled insert for high-precision gearwheel

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Thanks to the AM-compliant design and the associated integration of conformal cooling channels, the tool insert made of tool steel (H11 or 1.2343) was able to significantly improve the stability and the process window during injection molding. Now, high-precision POM (polyoxymethylene) gearwheels can be mass-produced with minimum rejects and maximum safety. The conformally cooled insert significantly reduces the cycle time. The technical as well as economic goals have been achieved with additive manufacturing. Tool steel H11 or 1.2343 can be reliably processed by using the TruPrint 5000 with preheating to 500 °C.

Conformally cooled inserts enable stable and safe production of plastic parts with significantly reduced cycle times.

Conventionally produced insert

3D-printed insert with conformal cooling in H11

Crack-free tool inserts
Density > 99.9%
Cycle time reduction > 20%

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Facts & figures about the example part

Material: 1.2343 / H11

Weight: 1,270 g

Build time: 17.3h  (for 7 parts)

Number of layers: 9

Created by: IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA​

The increased substrate plate temperature enables the production of components that previously could not be built or could only be built with massive support structures. This would result in higher production costs, which we save with the increased preheating temperature.

Matthias Müller
TRUMPF Laser and System Technology

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TruPrint 5000
TruPrint 5000

The highly productive, semi-automated 3D printing system TruPrint 5000 prepares you for industrial batch production –  with features such as optional 500 °C preheating and the full-field multilaser equipment with three 500 watt TRUMPF lasers.  Thanks to the preform option, the TruPrint 5000 supports hybrid component production. For this purpose, the component structures to be additively manufactured are applied to a blank.

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