GF Machining, EOS collaborate for new additive technology
- Published: March 10, 2017
GF Machining Solutions's Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology system, the Agie Charmilles AM 290 S Tooling is the result of a collaborative partnership with additive manufacturing machine builder EOS.
This system is designed plastic injection and die casting. GF Machining Solutions offers the market a configured 3D printing machine and a team of experts to meet industrial production needs.
The collaboration between the Switzerland-based GF Division and the Germany-based quality and technology leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing is moving on the next level of systems integration. IMTS visitors to GF Machining Solutions’ and EOS’ stands will showcase printed mold inserts made of EOS Maraging Steel MS1, finished on GF systems and will illustrate how printed mold inserts can greatly increase the quality of the final plastic parts and deliver impressive economic benefits.
Beside this illustration, GF will demonstrate first integration of the AMS 290 S Tooling in the GF machine/systems management environment via the r-connect platform.
Thanks to industrial 3D printing, mould and die manufacturers can build inserts with conformal cooling channels, meaning that they are placed closer to the final molded part and that they respect the part’s geometry. This breakthrough then aligns the exchange of temperature inside the mould and optimizes production in terms of time, cost and quality.
Such inserts can be used for any kind of plastic product in all segments. Due to a better temperature homogeneity during the injection process, customers can reduce their cycle time, increase their productivity and improve the overall quality of, for example, a critical plastic part with thin walls.