High Performance

Next Level Performance and Enhanced Conformal Cooling

Today’s advanced tooling manufacturers want to design and iterate faster, speed up production times, assure yield quality, and improve the durability and performance of their inserts. Until now the limitations of conventional 3D metal printers made it difficult for tooling manufacturers to harness the full potential of additive manufacturing (AM) and advanced tooling manufacturing processes. But no more.

Velo3D’s fully integrated metal AM solution delivers best-in-class pre-print design software, state-of-the-art large format printers, and quality assurance software on one unified platform. Delivering unparalleled design freedom and advancements in automated calibration routines, parts can now be printed to exacting standards of consistency, quality, and repeatability.

Conformal cooled tooling insert of a working surface for high pressure die casting as printed M300 Steel.

Velo3D Metal Additive Manufacturing for Tooling Applications

Unprecedented Design Freedom

With Velo3D, tooling manufacturers can take advantage of next generation capabilities; printing inserts with complex conformal cooling channels that follow the contours of a part to provide more optimized cooling.

Build Bigger and at Volume

Manufacture large molds and inserts up to 600 mm using the power of 8 one kilowatt lasers synchronized with seamless overlay and in-situ alignment.

Assure Production Quality

Velo3D’s integrated solution enables tooling manufacturers to print parts with a high-quality surface finish that reduces the risk of cracking and unlocks new design potential.

Increase Production Times

By accelerating the cooling rate, engineers can speed up production times. They can also increase the lifetime of the cooling inserts and even improve the material properties of the end use part.

How Additive Manufacturing is Transforming Tooling

In this whitepaper, we look at some of the hurdles facing tooling manufacturers and examine how Velo3D’s solution solves those challenges and provides new efficiencies in advanced cooling strategies, iterative design, supply chain efficiency, part performance, and cost savings.

Velo3D’s Fully Integrated AM Solution for Tooling Applications

With a cylindrical 600 mm diameter x 1000 mm z-height build volume, the Sapphire XC 1MZ is the largest printer available from a leading laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) supplier and offers a powerful, scalable path to manufacturing.

Available in:

Eight 1kW lasers

  • Sapphire XC — 600 mm Ø x 550 mm z
  • Sapphire XC 1MZ — 600 mm Ø x 1000 mm z

Two 1kW lasers

  • Sapphire — 315 mm Ø x 400 mm z
  • Sapphire 1MZ — 315 mm Ø x 1000 mm z

    Flow Print Preparation Software

    Flow pre-print software simplifies the metal AM workflow with a comprehensive solution to layout your build, customize parameters, simulate thermomechanical behavior of the print, and conduct detailed inspections of print instructions. With direct import of native CAD, Flow also eliminates many of the issues associated with STL conversion. Users can determine the optimal process for applications by transferring existing parameter sets or creating new ones with Flow Developer.

    Flow Developer

    Flow Developer enables engineers to determine the optimal process for their application by unlocking the ability to transfer or create their own parameter sets into Flow. This eliminates the need to restart projects, granting access to Sapphire printers’ control, quality, and repeatability allowing engineers to achieve their program goals. Users now have maximum flexibility, visibility, and control with the power to create, modify, and inspect processes all within one software platform.

    Sapphire Family of Printers

    The Sapphire family of printers are capable of printing complex geometries including low angle prints down to zero degrees, high aspect ratio structures, large inner diameters, and many other features that traditional manufacturing technologies and conventional AM printers struggle to produce.

    Assure Quality Control Software

    Assure provides unprecedented traceability of machine health, part integrity, and build reporting. Working in concert with Sapphire and Flow, Assure, a revolutionary quality control software, enables visibility into every layer of the build through real-time, multisensor, physics-based excursion detection algorithms.

    Join the Next Industrial Revolution

    Leverage our complimentary consultation services and work with our technical experts to learn if our solution is right for you.

    Pre-Qualified Materials for Tooling and HPDC Inserts

    An array of data-backed, pre-qualified materials

    The Velo3D fully integrated manufacturing (AM) solution enables improved cooling channel designs that can increase the lifetime of HPDC inserts, sprue bushings, injection molding dies and other types of tooling for high performance applications.


    Available Today:

    • Steel M300
    • Hastelloy® C22
    • Stainless 415
    • Hastelloy® X
    • Aheadd® CP1
    • Haynes® 214®
    • Aluminum F357
    • Inconel® 625
    • Copper C18150
    • Inconel® 718
    • Copper GRCop-42
    • Scalmalloy
    • forAM® Haynes® 282®1
    • Ti 6AI-4V

    Coming Soon:

    Copper-Nickel, Titanium Ti6242

    1. Powder is produced by Höganäs under License from Haynes International, Inc.

    Velo3D Customer Support

    We prioritize delivering a seamless experience for our customers from the start, ensuring efficient onboarding, high-quality print outputs, comprehensive training, and reliable support.

    • Seamless Onboarding: Our Technical Account Management and Installation teams ensure a smooth onboarding process, enabling customers to quickly leverage our advanced manufacturing solutions.
    • Proactive Engagement: Our Print Quality and Applications teams continuously monitor and optimize print processes to ensure reliable and consistent operations.
    • Comprehensive Training: Our Training and Documentation teams provide resources, including training sessions and documentation, to empower your staff with the skills needed to maximize Velo3D systems.
    • Reliable Support: Our Maintenance and Support teams offer ongoing assistance throughout the warranty and extended support periods, ensuring minimal downtime and reinforcing our commitment to strong partnerships.

    With Velo3D, you can be confident in a smooth, successful, and supported experience from start to finish.


    Additive Manufacturing for Tooling

    Unlock the next level of performance for your tooling inserts.

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    Blog: Reshaping the Mold: How Metal 3D Printing Can Improve Tooling

    Read this short article about how Metal AM can be leveraged to print an insert with conformal cooling channels that follow the contours of a part and provide more optimized cooling