Automotive industry faces new challenges every day, new design trends and technological deployments from research push companies to develop new models and facelifts in short term, requiring new tools or tool reshaping. Concerning the current world economic scenario, decreasing time for tooling up becomes as important as decreasing time-to-market. Such scenario opens up the horizons for new manufacturing approaches like additive manufacturing, in this case, applied for tooling up a stamping process on the automotive industry for the production of body panels. This approach enables the manufacturing of stamping inserts using similar high performance alloy steel as in conventional tooling, therefore, without losing tool mechanical properties. The stamping tools produced were tested by an automotive company in order to determine tool behaviour under real operating conditions, considering the high level demands of the stamping process. The results obtained enabled to conclude that metal additive manufacturing provided tools for the stamping process with excellent performance with a significant decrease on time-to-tooling.
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 16, 2017
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