Milacron DME announces partnership with 3D additive company
US – Milacron Holdings, industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, has announced that its DME product brand, specialising in mould components, moulding supplies and industrial supplies, has partnered with Linear AMS (a Moog Company) to offer metal 3D printed conformal cooling products.
According to the company, metal 3D printed conformal cooling products help improve productivity in the moulding industry. Tru-Cool is DME's new line of products designed to help mould makers and moulders with their mould cooling. The conformal cooling solutions utilise a cutting edge, direct metal laser melting 3D printing process to produce highly complex cavities, cores and components with conformal cooling channels. The process achieves shapes, paths and channel geometries impossible to obtain with conventional tooling. “We build the unmachineable!” said David Baucus, DME product manager. He added, “The conformal cooling solution places cooling channels at the optimal distance from the mould surface, consistently following the geometric shape of any mould insert for any customer part, allowing the mould to maintain a targeted, consistent temperature that allows for complete thermal control with cooling times reduced up to 100%. This technology also allows for conformal venting solutions for those hard to reach areas of trapped gases.”
Simulation of life like and optimised cooling channels
The Tru-Cool solution starts with a detailed review of the mould maker and his requirements, and with the use of advanced 3D CAD modeling and F.E.A. software, DME's technology team can simulate the most life like and optimised cooling channels. The result allows for complex cooling channels with greater overall coverage, even distribution of cooling and the ability to provide individual insert temperature control.
The DME/Linea process uses advanced direct metal laser melting technology, which is extremely dense and stronger when compared to direct metal laser sintering. This allows for lighter weight solutions with improved performance characteristics to create complex shapes and improved reliability.
The mould maker receives his mould cavity or core according to the specification of his 3D model with a hardness up to 56HRC with an additional +.025” rough metal to allow them to finish the cavity or core’s part surface to their own specifications. Every conformal cooling solution is material, flow and pressure tested to ensure quality, each time, before shipment, DME says.
In 2017, the DME brand celebrates its 75-year anniversary.