Conformal Cooling

END-TO-END METAL AM SOLUTION

Is Conformal Cooling Right for You?

Conformal cooling is a working solution with proven benefits for injection molding. In addition to increasing profits by up to 55 percent, 3D Systems customers have reported the following benefits of using conformal cooling:

Improved Cycle Time

  • Reduced injection molding cycle time by up to 70%

Better Part Quality

  • Reduced warpage
  • Reduced scrapped parts
  • Reduced surface roughness from 100 to 20 microns

Lower Total Cost of Ownership

  • Reduced design time by up to 75%
  • Reduced mold production cost by an average of 16%
  • Reduced production work hours by up to 50%
  • Reduced temperature across the mold by up to 86%

Watch an Intro to Conformal Cooling in this Five-Part Series

What Part of the Mold Should be Cooled Conformally?

Conformal cooling can benefit all types of molded parts, especially complex parts. However, you do not necessarily need to 3D print your entire mold—the key is to detect the areas that would benefit from conformal cooling and use AM only for those areas.

The primary issue with traditional cooling methods is that they can’t reach the places where cooling channels are needed. Conformal cooling has the most significant effect on injection molds that are experiencing problems with warpage during production because of irregularities or imbalances in the cooling process.

Producing conformally-cooled inserts to address key problem areas in the mold is, with the right tools, straightforward and very effective.

See If It's Right for You

Watch an on-demand webinar to learn more about conformal cooling including how it compares to traditional cooling processes and how it’s accomplished.

“The more even cooling provided by the conformal cooling design created with Cimatron made it possible to reduce the injection molding cycle time and increase productivity throughput by 30%.”

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End-to-End Metal AM Solution for Conformal Cooling

The 3D Systems end-to-end solution for conformal cooling design and production includes:

Together they enable mold makers to detect areas that would benefit from conformal cooling channels, design the mold with an optimal combination of conventional and conformal cooling channels, 3D print the insert, and reap the time, cost, and productivity benefits of conformal cooling.

How Our Customers Did It

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B&J Specialty, Inc. Uses Conformal Cooling to Improve Mold Design with Cimatron and Metal AM

Learn more about how B&J increased its production rate by 30 percent using a metal 3D-printed, conformally-cooled injection mold insert.


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Scarlett, Inc. Uses Conformal Cooling Design for Injection Molds with 3DXpert and Metal AM

Learn more about how Scarlett improved injection-molded part quality with metal AM and 3DXpert.

 

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Bastech Takes Conformal Cooling to New Heights with Cimatron, Geomagic® Control X™, and Metal AM

Learn more about how Bastech has 3D-printed, conformal cooling inserts ready for prime time.

 

Try Before You Buy

Experience the full benefits of conformal cooling for molded parts before bringing new capabilities in-house. Talk to our experts at 3D Systems On Demand 3D printing service to help you determine which technology and materials best suit your needs.

Get Started with Conformal Cooling

The 3D Systems end-to-end metal AM solutions for the creation of conformal cooling molds can revolutionize manufacturing processes.