3D printing method reduces molding cycle times by 20%


A metal 3D printing technique from a precision engineering company based in Doncaster will reduce the environmental impact of the company and that of its customers.

Agemaspark has spent several years developing and testing new technology, which dramatically reduces cycle times for multi-cavity molding tools.

By using metal 3D printing machines, Agemaspark can provide the advanced manufacturing process highly efficient through conformal cooling technique.

The technique improves the efficiency of a mold by up to 20%, reducing the amount of energy required and the environmental impact of the process.

In addition to being more cost effective, the process is more environmentally friendly and offers Agemaspark customers – which include companies in the aerospace and oil and gas industries – a chance to reduce their carbon footprint.

Paul Stockhill, Managing Director of Agemaspark, said: “At a time when we should all be examining our environmental impact, we are delighted to offer our customers more efficient and greener technology.

“The conformal cooling process is a much cleaner way to manufacture tools and components. The production of inserts for tooling in 3D metal additive manufacturing uses much less energy than steel mills and conventional manufacturing techniques.

“So there is a huge reduction in energy consumption and parts can be produced for the tool in days instead of weeks. “

By developing the technology, the Agemaspark team quickly realized that it could be a game-changer by reducing the company’s impact on the environment, as well as a greener option for customers.

This comes as the company launches several green initiatives, including the development of micro-cooling water supply equipment to control tooling processes. Agemaspark is also investing in new, more efficient machines to minimize the company’s environmental footprint.

Mr Stockhill added, “There is potential to make the process even more environmentally friendly as we explore other markets and more tooling opportunities are proven.

“In some cases we can offer up to 40% improvement and this is supported by proven examples. As designers begin to examine what is possible with metal additives, we are well positioned to offer our expertise to make the technology even more efficient. greener than it is today. “



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