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TP Tools OY acquires FormUp 350 metal 3D printer

The system from AddUp will be used in tire mold production

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TP Tools OY, a family-owned business with more than three decades of expertise in tire mold manufacturing, has acquired a FormUp 350 metal powder bed fusion machine from French metal AM hardware manufacturer AddUp. This strategic move positions TP Tools at the forefront of innovation and efficiency in the production of tire sipes, a critical component in tire mold manufacturing.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of the FormUp 350 Powder Bed Fusion machine from AddUp. This strategic investment allows us to optimize our manufacturing process, shorten lead times, and most importantly, accelerate new developments in tire mold innovations” explained Marko Pirhonen, owner of TP Tools OY.

TP Tools’ decision to bring tire sipe production in-house marks a significant shift aimed at reducing costs associated with outsourcing. By streamlining the manufacturing process, the company not only saves on expenses but also shortens lead times, enhancing overall operational efficiency. With the acquisition of the FormUp 350, the company gains greater control over the production process, aligning with its commitment to delivering high-quality tire molds for its clients.

TP Tools OY Manufacturing FacilityThe FormUp 350 Powder Bed Fusion machine from AddUp introduces new possibilities for TP Tools in tire sipe design. With on-site metal 3D printing capabilities, TP Tools is poised to accelerate developments and innovations within the tire sipe landscape. This move not only maximizes production efficiency but also opens doors to highly customized and complex geometries, enabling the creation of innovative tire mold designs.

TP Tools OY acquires FormUp 350 metal 3D printer. The system from AddUp will be used in tire mold production

The FormUp 350 also offers unique key features to support tire sipe applications for mold production. The 350mm squared build plate enables the production of entire segments of tire molds, showcasing its capacity for efficient and comprehensive manufacturing. Additionally, the integration of a roller and fine powder contributes to achieving unparalleled surface roughness as-printed, thereby minimizing the need for post-processing.

Lastly, the reliability of the FormUp and AddUp’s technology is successful in industrial operations, demonstrating consistent repeatability across the built plate, from one production cycle to the next, and even across different machines operating with the same parameters.

TP Tools has established itself as a trusted partner in tire mold manufacturing, with business continuing to grow. The company’s expertise in tire mold manufacturing, coupled with the latest technological addition of the FormUp 350, reaffirms TP Tools’ commitment to delivering quality, safety, and performance in every tire mold produced. The Finnish company has been at the center of the tire mold industry for over three decades and it has been heavily involved in developing better and safer products in the birthplace of winter tires since the 1970s.

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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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