August 19, 2021
A professor at the University of North Florida has reportedly received a US Patent for a 3D injection mold tool with improved heat transfer and mechanical strength.
The printing mold tool incorporates two elements: cooling channels, which limit the stress caused by heat to the 3D molds; as well as a protective coating to extend the lifetime of the mold and improve its performance by making the final mold product easier to detach from the mold itself.
This invention may be used to reduce the costs and time involved in creating 3D molds, particularly those used for small run or legacy molded parts. By increasing the lifetime and performance of the molds, replacement parts will be needed less often, saving businesses money in the long run.
Author: Mark Leonard