ForNextGen ForNextGen - Generative manufacturing processes in tool and mold making

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  • Flexibilization of additive manufacturing for the production of function-optimized tool and mold inserts
  • Examples include multi-material tool molds and inserts with long-term resistant coatings to increase tool life
  • In the example on the left: In an injection molding tool train, a base body made of 1,2709 tool steel is constructed and coated with CCZ (copper) in two different component areas to improve heat dissipation. These internal cooling structures made of highly thermally conductive materials improve the heat balance and thus reduce the cycle time.


Anstaett, Christine; Seidel, Christian (2016): Multi-Material Processing. Next step in laser-based powder bed fusion. In: Laser Technik Journal (4), last reviewed on 16.11.2016



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