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Conformally cooled tooling insert

Tool and mold making TruPrint 5000 Tool steel Series production 500 °C preheating

This tooling insert demonstrates the safe and reliable processing of H11 tool steel, which is only possible with the 500 °C preheating feature of the TruPrint 5000. The freedom of design allows the cooling channels of the die-cast tool insert to run in curves instead of in sharp edges over the entire surface, so that dead areas and sealing plugs are avoided. Conformal cooling shortens the cycle time and improves the component quality. For the tooling insert, the pressure loss was reduced and the cooling time shortened by 28%. 

Conformal cooling channels in combination with conventional tool steel

Density > 99.9%
Reduction of the cooling time by 28%
35% less distortion

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Material: H11 tool steel

Created by: Hermle

Our AM expert introduces the benefits of 500 °C preheating for tool and mold-making

H11 and other carbon-containing tool steels have a higher resistance to wear and far longer service life compared to carbon-free steels. This is particularly useful for abrasive plastic and aluminum die casting.

Max Boulter
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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