This presentation will focus on how the unique capabilities of Additive Manufacturing technologies such as 3-Dimensional (Conformal) Cooling Channels, implementing Variable Material Density for venting purposes, and using Thin Rib Processing to minimize (or eliminate) Electric Discharge Machining (EDM) can greatly improve injection mold performance. This talk will present real world case studies describing how implementing these Additive Manufacturing technologies in design and fabrication can reduce mold build lead-time, greatly improve the molding cycle time, reduce manufacturing quality defects, and reduce the overall mold build cost. We will discuss the design considerations that need to be understood when implementing these Hybrid AM technologies in injection molds. This talk will also compare and contrast the manufacturing methods required using the AM technologies with the manufacturing methods that are necessary using conventional manufacturing. Finally, we will present analysis of the manufacturing and molding cycle to clearly highlight the advantages of Additive Manufacturing technologies in the injection mold industry. A background on the historical development of Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Technology will be included.
- Identify the benefits of Hybrid AM Technology and have real-world examples of the justification for implementing them in their next project.
- Evaluate a mold design and determine components that would benefit from 3-D Cooling, Variable Density Areas, or Thin Rib Processing.
- Learn to justify the use of Hybrid AM in their mold-building process to reduce cost, improve molding cycle time, and reduce overall lead-time.