Contribution Oral Presentation
HOW CAN AM TOOLS CONTRIBUTE TO REDUCING THE CO2 FOOTPRINT?
Innovative solutions in AM tools are already able to contribute to decarbonization. Examples from the areas of aluminium die casting and plastic injection moulding are used to clearly show us the possible potentials. Thermal management is the focus of the entire process chain. Particularly in an energy-intensive process such as aluminum die casting, the reduction of throughput time and the reject rate has a considerable influence on the CO2 savings potential. The use of conformal cooling and innovative material combinations can reduce the cycle time of forming tools and increase the tool life. This means that not only the component quality in functional areas increases, but also the overall process quality. Additive manufacturing using plastic injection molding has an equally positive effect on component design. Here, thin-walled components can only be produced reliably with an adapted cooling system for the tools. All the innovative solutions mentioned here can only be realized if the restrictions of the different additive manufacturing processes are understood. Only then can the potential be exploited to develop new tool concepts from a holistic understanding of the component and process requirements.