Episode 31: How It’s Made – The Evolution of Tooling
Often, we think of AM as a solution for low volume manufacturing, or maybe a solution for parts so complex that there is no other way to make them. We think of conventional manufacturing, like stamping or casting, as a solution for high volume part. But what if there were a third category?
Additive manufacturing (AM) is often thought of as a solution for low-volume manufacturing, or perhaps a solution for parts so complex that there is no other way to make them. Meanwhile, traditional manufacturing, such as stamping or casting, is thought of as a solution for high-volume parts. But what if there was a third category?
“AM-enabled manufacturing” is a growing category of production solutions that use the design freedom of AM to make inserts and tooling that outperform typical designs. Faster, safer, longer-lasting tooling solutions designed with integrated features such as complex conformal cooling lines are pushing the boundaries of what is possible and merging the technical solutions of aerospace and automotive.
In this 3Din30, we welcome Ante Lausic, Lead Process Engineer – Metal AM, from General Motors, to discuss his experience creating the next generation of AM-enabled manufacturing solutions using some of these cutting-edge techniques.