Colin Kools, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Egar Tool & Die discusses how metal additive manufacturing can be implemented and properly deployed into a company.
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For engineers at Egar Tool & Die in Cambridge Ontario, 3D printing has proven to be a powerful tool to overcome those challenges – allowing them to quickly produce both end-of-arm tooling for stamping presses and custom die prototypes for both internal use and customers.
Today, the vast majority – as much as 80 percent – of Egar’s 3D printing capacity is dedicated to producing end of arm tooling for their high volume production stamping presses. Using just one Studio System, staff can design, iterate, and integrate components into their production line in less than a week – keeping manufacturing downtime to a minimum.
The other 20 percent of Egar’s additive manufacturing is focused on prototyping and developing die components, particularly using materials like H13 tool steel and 4140 chromoly steel, which are often used in stamping dies. As with end of arm tooling, 3D printing allows engineers to print and test multiple prototype end-of-arm tooling dies with subtly different geometries, and quickly refine designs to arrive at a final part.
In addition to faster production, 3D printing allows engineers to create parts with far more complexity – like optimized end-of-arm tools with high performance that couldn’t be justified with traditional manufacturing – yet avoid the cost increases that often accompany highly complex designs.
Using the Desktop Metal Studio System, Egar engineers are able to produce end-of-arm tooling and prototype dies with complex geometry — like internal cooling channels — that cannot be manufactured via casting, machining, milling or other traditional methods.
The Presenter: Colin Kools, Egar Tool & Die
Colin Kools is the Director of Additive Manufacturing at Egar Tool & Die. Based in Cambridge, Ontario Canada, Egar Tool and Die is a leader in the production of automotive stamping dies, production stampings and welded assemblies. The company has been supplying North American Tier 1 and 2 automotive companies for more than 40 years.
The Desktop Metal Studio System is the world’s first affordable, office-friendly metal 3D printing system.
Safe and simple to use, the Studio System was designed to bring metal 3D printing to the shop floor by allowing engineering and design teams to make metal parts faster, without the need for special facilities or dedicated operators.
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