Last year, around March 2021, Mantle officially exited stealth mode thanks to a $13 million investment secured from various venture capitalists. What has piqued investor interest is an intriguing hybrid metal 3D printing process based on metallic pastes.
Designed for tool manufacturing, the P-200 metal 3D printing system is said to reduce tooling component creation time by eliminating or reducing many of the operations traditionally required to manufacture precise steel tool components. and durable.
After the success of several pilot projects with beta customers, including Westminster Tool, a precision mold maker in Plainfield, Connecticut, or Wepco Plasticsthe American startup is now ready to make the machine available to a wider audience.
” The accuracy and quality we get from the printer allows us to bypass many of our internal manufacturing processes, giving us an edge to deliver a better, faster product to our customers. », comments Ray Coombschairman and founder of Westminster Tool.
Mantle’s technology can be accompanied by a specially designed oven to adapt to the manufacturing process with the 3D printer.
Mantle’s patented TrueShape system and technology therefore includes:
- The P-200 printer, a hybrid system built on a CNC platform that integrates printing and machining to produce parts with the precision and surface finish required for tooling. The P-200 printer has a build volume of 200mm x 200mm x 150mm.
- the F-200 oven, which sinters printer parts and produces durable and precise tooling components. One furnace can sinter multiple parts and support multiple printers.
- Two tool steels, H13 and P2X (a steel comparable to P20), which are durable, stable and behave like traditional tool steels with secondary operations such as machining, polishing, coating and laser welding .
- Easy-to-use software that automates the printing process, including the generation of all toolpaths and machine instructions.
The delivery of the first production systems is scheduled for the first half of 2023.
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