How Additive Manufacturing is Transforming Tooling


Metal additive manufacturing (AM) and the tooling industry are at an exciting crossroads. While the conversation around manufacturing technologies categorizes AM for low volume and conventional manufacturing processes like stamping or casting for high volume production, there is a third, growing category of production called “AM-enabled conventional manufacturing” that provides a compelling avenue for innovation of complex molds and inserts.

In this whitepaper, we look at some of the hurdles facing tooling manufacturers trying to adopt metal AM to their craft. We also examine how Velo3D’s fully integrated metal AM solution solves those challenges and provides new efficiencies in advanced cooling strategies, iterative design, supply chain efficiency, part performance, and cost savings.

Key Learnings

How Velo3D technology affords newfound design efficiency for advanced cooling strategies, such as conformal cooling

How conformal cooling can reduce cycle lead times, increase performance, provide more uniform temperature gradients to eliminate hot spots, and lead to better more complex designs that improve the material properties of die cast parts

How Velo3D’s Sapphire XC helps drive innovation, particularly in mold production, by enabling the manufacturing of large inserts up to 600 mm diameter at a higher throughput with eight lasers