High-temperature cost-effective composite tooling

The Stratasys' technology also reduces time of between 75% to 90% in the production of key tooling

 This year’s JEC World (14-16th March) will see leading additive manufacturing and 3D printing solutions provider, Stratasys, demonstrate 3D printing’s capability to produce high-temperature composite tooling cost-effectively and in a fraction of the time of traditional manufacturing methods. The company will also unveil its newly-launched F370 3D Printer for the very first time in Europe.

Visitors to Stratasys’ stand (Hall 6, U32) will discover - the company claims in the press release - how the 3D printing technology is already being deployed across a range of industry sectors, including aerospace and automotive, where manufacturers are enjoying reductions in cost and time of between 75% to 90% in the production of key tooling, such as molds and mandrels.

These durable, yet lightweight items are used in a host of application areas, including commercial aircraft structures, as well as parts for satellites, UAVs and other vehicles.

JEC will also offer the opportunity to hear about Stratasys’ latest developments in direct printing of composites to create highly robust and lightweight structures.

“Whether the application requires reusable layup mold tooling or sacrificial tooling for complex, trapped-tool geometries, our 3D printing technologies simplify the fabrication of composite parts while providing unparalleled design freedom,” says Tim Schniepp, head of Tooling Solutions at Stratasys.

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