Tri/Mark Corporation die casts more than 11,800 zinc parts with 3D Systems’ SLS metal printing
Need to die cast parts in a hurry with good results? Tri/Mark Hardware of New Hampton, Iowa, did just that. The company successfully die cast more than 11,800 zinc parts with RapidSteel 2.0 tools made on a 3D Systems SLS® system.
Tri/Mark calculates that using the RapidSteel 2.0 inserts rather than traditional soft tooling reduced tool production costs by about 50%. It also shortened overall tooling time by 70% — from 10 or 12 weeks to only 3 weeks.
The parts die cast in this project were lock actuators measuring approximately 10 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm. The specific zinc used in the casting process was Zamak 3.
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