3D printing for tool making

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California, US-based Mantle has launched a metal 3D printing system suitable for tool making.

The company says that 3D printing can reduce many of the operations traditionally required to make precise, durable steel tool components.

The system includes the company’s P-200 printer, which is a hybrid system built on a CNC platform that integrates printing and machining and has a build volume of 200mm x 200mm x 150mm; and a furnace for sintering parts once they are removed from the printer. One furnace can sinter multiple parts and can support multiple printers, Mantle said.

The system uses two tool steel materials, H13 and P2X which the company says perform like traditional tool steels when processed with machining, polishing, coating, and laser welding.

Mantle says that Fathom Manufacturing, a US digital manufacturing platform, reduced its toolmaking time by 45% with components made by Mantle’s technology.

Delivery of the first production systems is planned for the first half of 2023.