Structures that seemed previously impossible. Efficient cooling of entire geometries in confined space. Just two examples of how 3D metal printing opens completely new dimensions of thinking and working.
With additive manufacturing, we have set out stakes on innovation once again. And combined with our proven core competencies we deliver significant added value. Layer by layer, high-performance metal powders are melted and precision shaped by means of a laser. Depending on the requirements we process aluminium alloys, nickel-based alloys such as Inconel® 625 and many others. In a subsequent machining process, the structures are finished to functional components. A truly pioneering achievement by toolcraft – and precisely the total solution demanded by many markets.
The benefits of the generative production method are evident: Even highly complex geometries can be realised – without any tooling, with considerable time savings and less material wastage. The resulting quality is convincing, and metal laser melting meets even the high requirements in aerospace and motor sports. Since 2018 the process is in accordance with Nadcap certification.
However, the quality and surface finish of components is pivotal, especially in applications where ensuring safety and gaining certifications is important. This is why in addition to analysing the powder used, toolcraft evaluates the properties of additively manufactured test pieces, as these are representative of the subsequently produced components. We are now testing the dynamic strength of various metals using fatigue testing. The resulting Wöhler curves indicate the relationship between the number of cycles to failure and the applied stress.
Mechanical strength, heat resistance, bio-compatibility, ...: When selecting the right material for laser sintering, we match our material and manufacturing expertise to your requirements. Metals we currently process include: