In imPURE, CONIFY will undertake the metal AM powder procurement and supply management, by mapping existing preparedness and response capacity of global powder supply chain in order to identify the most suitable procurement options in terms of quality/cost benefit and availability, and establish an agile and responsive powder supply chain from EU powder producers and atomization plants. Powder procurement will be based on quality-cost-availability criteria, by efficient screening and characterizing samples from different suppliers and holistic quality analysis to ensure high- quality for AM materials & component manufacturing according to the requirements set from the end-users. Additionally, CONI will employ in-house dedicated powder refurbishment & recycling protocols and facilities to recycle and rejuvenate un-fused metal powders from AM machine owners to restore virgin-quality properties and provide an alternative route for material supply. Finally, CONIFY will undertake the repurposing of used moulds through a hybrid CNC/Directed Energy Deposition AM processing, to form cavities and subsequently selectively deposit material to ensure fitting of modular cavity inserts.
Injection Moulding Tooling
Metal 3D printing in mould Manufacturing Industry
CONIFY’s approach combines DED and CNC machining
in injection mould tool making. Starting from DfAM and
process development utilizing Stavax and tool steels
guarantee fully dense 3D printed mould core and cavity
inserts that can attain mechanical properties comparable
to wrought or MIM materials.
- Small production runs
- Mould tool prototype to validate or optimize the injection
process before manufacturing the production mould
- Custom mould tooling development based on part CAD file
- 50% less Lead production time
Plastic injection mould tooling traditionally has
been a lengthy process, often taking up to four months,
from design to delivery
- Modular injection mould sets
Build custom designed mould inserts onto the standard tool base
- Thermally optimized tools through LPBF technology
Incorporate Conformal Cooling technology into production run
moulds. Faster product development and extended mould service-life
NanoMECommons will establish a transnational and multidisciplinary research and innovation network to tackle the problem of nanomechanical materials characterisation in multiple industries. The focus of NanoMECommons is to employ innovative nano-scale mechanical testing procedures in real industrial environments, by developing harmonised and widely accepted characterisation methods, with reduced measurement discrepancy, and improved interoperability and traceability of data. To achieve this goal, NanoMECommons will offer protocols for multi-technique, multi-scale characterisations of mechanical properties in a range of industrially relevant sectors, together with novel tools for data sharing and wider applicability across NMBP domain: reference materials, specific ontologies and standardised data documentation.
Digitized material, structure development, printing and part performance database
Duplex/Super Duplex SS, SS316L, SS420, H13, P20, PH17-4 SS.
Chemical composition CONI’s in-house powder characterization
protocols (based on ASTM/ISO)
Tune/modify microstructure through the process
settings and thermal treatment. Energy density,
cooling rate and reheating phenomena.
As-built and heart-treated
Phase-separated physical and mechanical
properties. Residual stresses induced from rapid
phenomena during printing