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Conformally cooled insert for outlet cover

Tool and mold making TruPrint 5000 Tool steel Series production

Replacing the original two-part conventional construction with a printed one-piece insert and adding conformal cooling has had a major impact on the cycle time for plastic injection molding of the outlet cover.  In addition, no degradation in part quality has been observed, since the high density of the AM insert allows for a mirror finish of the entire cavity. Diffusion coating was also carried out to protect the polished areas by increasing hardness and wear resistance.

Conformally cooled inserts from ABB Schweiz enable stable and safe production of plastic parts with a mirror finish and significantly reduce the cycle time.

Density > 99.9%
Cycle time reduction > 20%

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Facts & figures about the example part

Weight: 3,410 g

Production time:  26.5 h

Number of layers: 806, ea. 60 μm

Material: 1.2709

This insert was used to demonstrate the possibilities offered by conformal cooling in terms of cycle time reduction. But it also tested whether the printed parts could reach the highest density for polishing. The overall result was impressive.

Denis Fischer
ABB Schweiz AG

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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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