Metal 3D Printing - Tooling and Molding

Get ahead with next-generation tools

Take your tooling molds and dies to the next level.  Create complex molds, and internal channels, and repair worn molds and dies, all with minimal post-processing. Increase productivity by printing proof of concepts and finalized designs on demand. Metal 3D printing can offer answers to the various problems you face.

Additive’s Success in the Tire Industry

When Michelin found that the metal AM machines on the market did not meet their high-quality requirements for tire sipe production, they partnered with Fives to create a machine that met these requirements. The FormUp 350 and AddUp was born.

Benefits using metal 3D printing:

  • Limitless personalization options
  • Manufactured and replaced on demand
  • Significant weight and material waste reductions
  • Minimal post processing

Learn about the history of tire sipes, the challenges Michelin faced, and the solutions that resulted:

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Injection Mold’s using Additive Technology

Short injection times are crucial for profitability in the mold industry, especially in the case of injection molds.

Increase the performance of your injection processes with PBF additive manufacturing technology and optimized molds. Cooling channels are often still produced conventionally by drilling in 2D and cannot always run close to the contour and thus cool evenly and quickly. By designing molds with cooling channels close to the mold cavity, you can optimize the cooling of parts. This give the mold an increase in performance by reducing the number of defective parts and overall cycle times.

Learn more about Zahoransky AG’s use of additive to create injection mold inserts:

Our experts can help you to develop your molds

Create molds with increasingly complex kinematics, with internal circuits that cannot be achieved with conventional processes.

Our experts can assist you in developing your molds and industrializing your AM process.

Finally, we have recipes for shaping most 3D printing metal materials commonly used to manufacture molds.

Learn more about conformal cooling in additive manufacturing

Would you like to know more about conformal cooling, the technique consisting in placing fluid circuits as close as possible to the parts to be cooled? Experts offer you a training course dedicated to conformal cooling on AddUp Academy Online. You will discover in depth the principle of this technique, its implementation, and the possible gains in terms of quality and productivity.

AddUp Academy Online is the reference platform for online training in the field of metal additive manufacturing, with more than 13 hours of content (more than 100 videos and 200 exercises), training courses offered by AddUp experts and independent technical centers.