Simple production of functional prototypes
Marco Bauer shows the use of the Markforged Metal X on an A2 tool steel edging tool. After the design, an STL file of the part is created to be imported into the EIGER software. There the tool can be prepared for printing (wall thickness, internal structure etc.). Afterwards the printing can be started with a simple click!
Thanks to a honeycomb structure inside the component, weight can already be saved with the same geometry and stability. After printing, the washing and sintering processes follow, whose optimum temperatures and times for the component are calculated by the EIGER software and sent to the machines. So here too the postprocess can be started with a simple click. The component is ready for use immediately after sintering. For an even better surface quality or lower tolerances the component can be polished, ground or CNC reworked.
Data of the edging tool:
Dimensions: 155,7 mm x 55,0 mm x 50,0 mm
Material: A2 Tool Steel
Printing time: 48 h
Washing time: 25 h
Drying time: 4 h
Sintering time: 27 h
Process time: 104 h (4,5 days)
Material costs: 150 €
The advantages of 3D printing compared to CNC production can be seen in this component:
Increasing the complexity of a component leads to additional costs and longer delivery times in machining production. In additive manufacturing, weight-reducing measures lead to cost reduction and the generation of added value.