Doncaster-based Agemaspark has unveiled a revolutionary 3D metal printing technique to help its customers reduce their carbon footprint.
The precision engineering company has put many years of research into developing and trialing the same and says it will help reduce cycle times for multi-impression mold tools drastically.
According to Agemaspark, 3D metal printing machinery can deliver highly efficient advanced manufacturing processes through a conformal cooling technique.
The new technique helps improve the efficiency of a mold by as much as 20%, reducing the amount of energy required and the environmental impact of the process.
What’s more, the new process is cost-effective and eco-friendly too and should benefit companies in the aerospace and oil and gas industries.
“At a time when we should all be looking at our environmental impact, we are thrilled to offer customers a more efficient, greener technology,” intones Agemaspark’s managing director Paul Stockhill.
“The conformal cooling process is a much cleaner way to make tooling and components. The insert production for the tooling being made from 3D metal additive manufacturing uses far less energy than conventional steel works and manufacturing techniques.”
“So, there is a huge reduction in energy use and parts can be produced for the tool in just a few days instead of several weeks.”
“There is potential to make the process even more eco-friendly as we explore other markets and more tooling opportunities are proven,” adds Stockhill.
“In some cases, we can offer up to 40% improvement and this is backed up by proven examples.”
“As designers start to look into what is possible with metal additives, we are in a great place to offer our expertise to make the technology even greener than it is today.”
The new tech is just one of the several green initiatives launched by the company: One notable invention is a micro cooling water supply equipment to control tooling processes.
Agemaspark is also investing in new, more efficient machinery to minimize the company’s environmental footprint.
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