Audubon Tool, based in Kentucky, USA, has acquired a metal 3D printer to inserts for die-cast tooling.

According to SLM, which provided the machine, using 3D printing can make it easier to incorporate more intricate internal cooling channels, improving insert performance when compared to those made using conventional methods.

Audubon Tool, which makes tools for the automotive industry, previously sourced inserts from outside the US, while the company can now produce them in house, the company added.

"Additive manufacturing with SLM Solutions allows us to create conformal cooled inserts to overcome [challenging casting scenarios],” said David Weiss, design engineering director at Audubon.