Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The fast toolmaking process - from 1 to 10,000 units!

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Are you a tool maker in the process of creating new tools

with extreme demands on hardness and wear resistance?

I hope you're aware that development of new tools

is expensive and time-consuming

from drawing,

to prototyping

to initial implementation.

Not to mention, getting all the way to large-scale production.

Today, we're going to talk about a new way to make products

that meet the highest demands

with the flexibility of 3D-printed materials.

Let's jump right in and have a look at an example.

So, VBN Components, you produce extremely wear-resistant metals by 3D printing?

Yes, we do.

We just need a 3D CAD drawing and a number as to how many parts you need,

And of course, we need to have a discussion about where to add grinding allowance and


3D printing, isn't that extremely slow?

I've heard that printing solid metal takes ages.

You need a thousand components, a pressing die,

you need sintering parameters, you need a minimum wall thickness

We will never make this on time.

Well, you come from a traditional industry, don't you?

Well, these are the questions that come to my head.

But let's take this from the beginning.

Assume that you need this cutting tool.

Basically what you do is you send us a 3D CAD drawing at VBN,

And then we'll discuss what Vibenite® alloy you need.

And then we'll just print it with our standard settings.

Generally, what we do, is that we're printing, or smelting, metal powder according to your drawing.

OK, but if I look at this detail here,

There is something here that wasn't in the drawing.

This looks like my grandmother's curtains!

Well, that's actually the support structure, or wafer.

In printing, you need to have some form of material

to be able to remove the heat from each building layer.

If you don't have it, the part will become deformed.

OK, I understand.

Is it easy to reduce the wafer structure some way?

Because this looks like quite a lot to grind away?

Of course, if we can work with your build and run some tests,

we can always minimise the wafer.

As you can see from this part.

Ah! Much better.

Much less. This is very interesting.

But, how can I...

This is just a copy of an existing product.

How can I get from this stage

to redesigning the component? Is that difficult?

That is actually relatively easy.

We can always combine product improvement and process optimisation.

Which we've actually done for this part.

As you can see here, we've almost removed the wafer altogether.

And we've also added several cooling channels for increased performance.

This is what we call "Design for AM"

We've reduced the support structure so much,

that it's very easy to remove in the blasting cabinet.

Very interesting.

Much less wafer, I can see.

So, you mean that the development time

for going from a copy of an existing product

into a "Design for AM" product with improved performance

is very, very short?


and you can print one, ten or a hundred parts directly.

And these are actually built to full quality,

so you can test these in real production.

To sum up:

You should not only look at the actual print time.

You have to compare it with the traditional manufacturing process.

Okayso you mean that production time in traditional manufacturing

is not only the time for milling, drilling and turning?



But this is an amazing concept.

How can a customer move into this?

Well, you can start with a pre-study here at VBN.

Test and improve.

Then, if you want to order a smaller series of parts, you can do so,

directly from us.

And if you want larger series we can actually help you

with a license solution.

And then you can print these products in your own production.

Of course, VBN will provide you with all the necessary knowledge

and settings, etc.,

on how to produce these parts at your own premises.

We call this concept


We'll build your prototype in the intended material.

Testing and product development.

Serial production at VBN, or licensed production

at your facility.

This is very interesting.

I have one final question.

Is it possible to print this wafer separately?

I think they look very, very nice!

That's all we have for this video of our fast product-making process.

Do you want to know how we can improve your production?

Drop us a line!

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