Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Örebro University
3D Metal Printing of Production Tools & Dies
3D metal printing is of great interest for manufacturing of tools and dies for high volume production. It is possible to accomplish lead time reduction, tool and die weight saving, improved cycle time etc. The presentation deals primarily with Powder Bed Fusion as 3D printing method and describes 3D metal printing of tools & dies both scientifically and from an industrialization perspective. The presentation shows how far we have come in industrialization of 3D metal printing of tools & dies and what needs to be done to include 3D metal printing in the existing industrial systems and infrastructure.