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AddUp kicks off #2024AMIM project for injection molding tools

Partnering with 17 expert companies in additive manufacturing and industrial applications

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Last week AddUp and Swiss Steel Group released Printdur HCT, a new tool steel powder developed specifically for injection molding applications last week. Now the AddUp Tooling Competence Centre is again working with the Swiss company and several other parts on #2024AMIM – 2024 Additive Manufacturing for Injection Molding, a new project focused on developing and implementing innovations using additive manufacturing for injection molding applications.

The year-long project includes 17 industrial companies and is supported by a consortium of AddUp’s AM experts and partners. The project will focus on seven areas of importance for tooling manufacturers. Each month, AddUp and one of its partners will present challenges and innovations for one of these focus areas. To develop solutions for these areas, AddUp will create samples, benchmarking parts as well as production molds. Vigorous testing and data collection will be prepared and published at the end of the project. The goal of the project is to educate the tooling industry about the innovations additive manufacturing can bring to improve productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability.

AddUp kicks off #2024AMIM project for injection molding tools partnering with Swiss Steel Group and 16 other companies The seven focus areas for this project include Tool Steel Development, Productivity, Quality, Time Savings, Functions, Sustainability, Work Safety and Powder Handling. AddUp has enlisted and extremely reputable consortium of AM experts to guarantee the best support.

AddUp partners committed to this project include Swiss Steel Group (SSG), Siemens AG, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), AZO, Hotset, The Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV), 3D Laser BW, Herding GmbH, Air Liquide, IwF, Härtha Group, AZL Aachen GmbH, Ingenieurbuero Juri Muller (IBJM), IPG Laser GmbH, Aachen Center for Additive Manufacturing (ACAM), WBA Tooling Academy and Novanta Europe GmbH.

Tooling manufacturers are invited to participate in this project by bringing their own challenging tooling applications for evaluation and optimization, but an existing application is not required if, for example, confidentiality guidelines do not permit it. Companies that are exploring additive manufacturing solutions for their injection molding applications are also encouraged to join. Each member is called upon to actively participate in the monthly meetings and provide feedback and collaboration with other participants. So far, AddUp has 17 companies committed to this project. Included are major global players from the automotive, plastics, and electronics industries.

The project will kick off in the first week of February with a meeting hosted by AddUp’s partner Siemens AG at their facility in Erlangen, Germany. Monthly workshops will run from March to September with results and data presented in November.

The Tooling Competence Centre serves as AddUp’s German subsidiary and is located within the WBA Tooling Academy in Aachen, Germany. AddUp has extensive experience in the tooling industry developing applications and materials best suited for mold and tool production. The Tooling Competence Centre is equipped with a FormUp 350 PBF machine and provides a resource for tooling manufacturers to validate their applications and partner with an expert in PBF technology.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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