Toronto based Additive Metal Manufacturing (AMM) partnering with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials is validating hybrid builds for diecasting and injection molding applications. A hybrid build is an innovative technique where subtractive and additive processes are combined to achieve maximum economic advantage.
“Cooperative projects that increase capability and value to Canada’s additive manufacturing supply chain is a win for the whole country,” said Frank Defalco, Manager Canada Makes.
The hybrid build process offers considerable cost benefit where the functioning part of an insert is smaller than the non-functional part and the cost of building the larger portion using additive technology can be expensive. A hybrid build is good for any application where molten substance is injected into dies and thermal issues are causing part warpage and lengthy cool down cycles.
Using its EOS M290, AMM is successfully combining different metals and incorporating conformal cooling channels in the additive portion of hybrids and achieving unprecedented results. Conformal cooling allows major reductions in cycle times, scrap and warpage of parts by lowering operating temperatures previously unattainable through traditional means. Lower operating temperatures also have the added benefit of longer tool life.
Mechanical and metallurgical validation testing of the hybrid builds is carried out in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and CanmetMaterials in Hamilton.
AMM announces two new certifications.
AMM recently received both their ISO 9001 certificate and their Controlled Goods certification allowing them to penetrate further into Tier 1 manufacturers.
About the AMM
AMM is a progressive, productive and respected leader providing integrated and advanced manufacturing technology solutions within the emerging market for Additive Manufacturing ensuring that our industrial partners have the best opportunity to excel and Take Back Manufacturing for Canada. www.additivemet.com
About University of New Brunswick
The faculty of engineering at the University of New Brunswick has been preparing graduates for success in their engineering careers since 1854, when UNB was the first university in Canada to introduce an engineering program.
UNB graduates have gone on to help design and build bridges, make cleaner fuels and next-generation wireless communications tools. Researchers at the faculty are developing technologies to help improve satellite imagery used by Google Earth and the Canadian Department of National Defence. Others are in helping develop biofuels and renewable energy. www.unb.ca/fredericton/engineering/depts/mechanical/people/mohammadi.html
About CanmetMATERIALS (Natural Resources Canada)
CanmetMATERIALS is the largest research centre in Canada dedicated fabricating, processing and evaluating metals and materials. Scientific and technical staff in Hamilton and Calgary research and develop materials solutions for Canadian industry in the energy, transportation and metal-manufacturing sectors. http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/mining-materials/materials-technology/8234