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The TruCool product line achieves up to a 100% reduction in cooling times, according to DME.

Clare Goldsberry

March 16, 2017

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Milacron’s DME partners with Linear AMS to develop 3D-printed conformal cooling technology

Milacron (Cincinnati, OH) announced that its DME product brand, a supplier of mold components, molding supplies and industrial supplies, has partnered with Linear AMS (Livonia, MI) to offer metal 3D-printed conformal cooling products to help improve productivity in the molding industry.

TruCool is the new DME line of products designed to help moldmakers and molders with mold cooling. DME’s conformal cooling products use a direct metal laser melting 3D-printing process to produce complex cavities, cores and components with conformal cooling channels. The process achieves shapes, paths and channel geometries impossible to obtain with conventional tooling.

“We build the unmachineable,” said David Baucus, DME Product Manager. “The conformal cooling solution places cooling channels at the optimal distance from the mold surface, consistently following the geometric shape of any mold insert for any customer part, allowing the mold to maintain a targeted, consistent temperature that allows for complete thermal control with cooling times reduced up to 100%. This technology also allows for conformal venting for those hard-to-reach areas of trapped gases, when requested by the molder.”

Comparison of heat-transfer performance between TruCool 3D-printed conformal cooling and conventional technologies.

DME’s TruCool starts with a detailed review of the moldmaker’s or molder’s requirements; with the use of advanced 3D CAD modeling and FEA software, the DME technology team can simulate lifelike and optimized cooling channels. The resulting channels provide greater overall coverage, even distribution of cooling and the ability to provide individual insert temperature control.

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The moldmaker receives the conformal cooling (and/or venting) optimized mold cavity or core according to the specification of the 3D model with a hardness up to 56 HRC; an additional 0.025-in. rough metal allows finishing of the cavity's or core’s part surface to user specifications. Every conformal cooling solution is material, flow and pressure tested to ensure quality.

With DME’s TruCool technology, molders will benefit from significant cycle-time reductions, complete and isolated thermal control, significant quality improvements, less scrap, increased flexibility in water-line designs and the ability visualize flow capabilities and thermal properties.

“Conventional mold cooling has remained largely unchanged for decades. DME’s partnership with Linear AMS is a huge step forward for the industry,” said Peter Smith, DME President. “Our real-world, in-field results show a significantly reduced total cycle time—between 15 and 60%, depending on part complexity—shortening the time needed to run the part and improving part quality. Likewise, OEMs and product designers will benefit from the technology, as it broadens the scope of part design, allowing for advancements in plastic part production and application use.”

An early adopter of metal 3D additive manufacturing, Linear AMS has 12-plus years' experience in building 3D-pinted conformal cooling inserts. “We’ve taken the lessons from over a decade of building direct metal laser melting parts and established design rules and process controls that enable us to make quality components that meet or exceed customer expectations,” said David Hodge, Linear AMS Vice President. “We are excited to partner with DME, a leader in the molding industry, who shares our focus for serving customers with superior products. When a customer is molding millions of parts, seeing significant process gains is a real eye-opener.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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