Tooling & Die

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, tooling designers 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 prescribes the manufacturing process to Sapphire printers and eliminates the need for feature-specific parameter sets thanks to its in-depth process library saving months of development and reducing the need for specialized technicians.

    Assure Quality Control Software

    Assure provides visibility into every layer of a part’s build through real-time, ~1000-sensor, physics-based excursion detection algorithms and provides unprecedented traceability of machine health, part integrity, and build reporting.

    Sapphire Family of Printers

    State-of-the-art LPBF printers capable of printing today’s most advanced geometries.

    Intelligent Fusion

    The underlying manufacturing process that binds and facilitates all aspects of the Velo3D solution for precision control of the entire print.

    Velo3D Manufacturing Support

    Velo3D is committed to providing every customer with five-star support. This includes comprehensive phone, email, and in-person assistance when required included with all systems.

    • Software license updates, process updates
    • Extended service agreement, 1-year parts and labor
    • Preventative Maintenance (parts & labor for quarterly maintenance)

    In addition, our expert Application Engineers mentor, and assist, our customers through the entire Velo3D AM manufacturing process helping you get the complex part you need printed. That means shepherding the concept and design, development, and manufacturing phases to ensure the best project outcomes.

    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.


    Available Today:

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

    Coming Soon:

    Many more being evaluated each year.

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

    Let’s Work Together

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


    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