Commercial Launch of Mantle’s Metal-AM Technology for Toolmaking

September 16, 2022


Just ahead of IMTS 2022, Mantle announced the commercial launch and availability of its metal-additive manufacturing (AM) technology for toolmaking, designed to simplify how mold-tool components are made and accelerating how manufacturers make molded parts—from product idea to launch. The company showcased the technology at IMTS.

Mantle’s hybrid technology, additive and subtractive machining with sintering, works together with its proprietary Flowable Metal Paste in creating high-precision inserts. This singular application focus on toolmaking solutions enables Mantle to optimize the value of its technology for toolmakers, company officials report. Mantle’s technology, they note, reduces the time needed to create tooling components by eliminating or reducing many operations traditionally required to make precise, durable steel tool components. 

Mantle-AM-system-mold-tooling-Fathom-IMTSThe company’s newly launched technology includes the P-200 printer, a hybrid system built on a CNC platform that integrates printing and machining to produce parts with accuracy and surface finish required for tooling. It features a build volume of 200 by 200 by 150 mm. Also included, the F-200 furnace, which sinters parts from the printer to produce durable and accurate tooling components. One furnace can sinter multiple parts and support multiple printers. The setup works with Mantle-supplied H13 and P2X tool steels that reportedly perform similar to traditional tool steels in secondary operations such as machining, polishing, coating and laser welding. 

Simple-to-use software, note Mantle officials, automates the printing process, including the generation of all toolpaths and machine instructions.

This product launch follows the successful delivery of multiple beta systems. For example, earlier this year, Mantle teamed up with Westminster Tool, Plainfield, CT, to help it produce tooling inserts to enable quick molding of medical forceps sample parts.

“Mantle far surpasses any metal-AM technology that we have seen previously,” says Ray Coombs, Westminster Tool president and founder. “The precision and quality we get from the printer allow us to bypass many of our internal manufacturing processes, which gives us an advantage in providing a better, faster product for our customers.”

Another beta user, Fathom Manufacturing, a North American on-demand digital manufacturing platform that exhibited Mantle-produced tooling seen by MetalForming at IMTS 2022, reports having reduced its toolmaking time by 45 percent via this technology by eliminating or reducing multiple operations, including CNC milling, EDM and polishing. 

Industry-Related Terms: Sintering, Surface finish
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