Amaero and auto manufacturer to develop additively manufactured tooling parts
April 22, 2020
Amaero International Limited, a metal Additive Manufacturing company headquartered in Notting Hill, Victoria, Australia, has signed an agreement with a major global automotive manufacturer to jointly develop additively manufactured tooling, reports @AuManufacturing.
Amaero states that the inclusion of additively manufactured inserts for tools could decrease the risk of manufacturing defects by adding conformal cooling channels to the design and the cost benefits in reducing rejects in casting, machining and assembly were significant.
According to Amaero, the collaboration with the unnamed company will apply to the steel inserts for two aluminium casting die components and will develop a case study of the performance of their new additively manufactured 3D tooling. Amaero manufactures components for a range of global companies in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia, and has partnerships with Monash and Adelaide universities.
Barrie Finnin, Amaero CEO, explained that while the company had first manufactured tooling inserts four years ago, it had only recently become a strategic focus for the business.
“This agreement reinforces Amaero’s growth strategy in the most difficult of economic circumstances. We can print the tool steel inserts with complex internal cooling channels that presently cannot be undertaken using conventional techniques.”
Finnin added, “These tooling inserts are common to die-casting tools globally, and once this AM process is proven, there would be scope for significant global opportunities.”