Trumpf will show visitors of Moulding Expo how to make the most of 3D printing with its Truprint 1000 3D printer.
The company says German toolmakers have been slow to adopt additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, unlike their U.S. counterparts, despite the many advantages that speak for adopting AM in the production of parts by injection moulding or die casting. One benefit of AM is the ability to make tools with near-net-shape cooling. Tools manufactured this way dissipate the heat generated during the production process directly at its source, which reduces cycle time and improves the quality of the fabricated parts.
“Many companies lack the necessary expertise and are unwilling to make the investment,” says Christoph Dörr, Trumpf’s manager for the tool and mould-making sector.
That is the reason why the company will showcase its Truprint 1000 3D printer as an entry-level model. The plug-and-play design of this system makes it easy to install and operate, and it is particularly suitable for small-injection mould inserts such as those used for plastic connectors in the electronics industry, the company adds. Also presented will be a selection of 3D-printed tools and moulds with optimised cooling. When it 3D-printed a gate bushing, Trumpf says it was able to reduce a customer’s cycle time by almost 30 percent. “We’re hoping to inspire toolmakers to exploit the huge potential of 3D printing. That’s why we will also offer them training in 3D design,” says Dörr. Furthermore, Trumpf will be able to supply the powder and parameters for each application directly, making it even easier for companies to adopt this new technology.