Mantle Launches P-200 Metal 3D Printing System for Toolmaking

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Mantle officially launches its metal 3D printing technology for toolmaking, with the P-200 3D printer and F-200 oven. The system was developed to simplify the manufacture of mold tool components and accelerate the way mold part manufacturers – a $265 billion market – go from product idea to launch. Deliveries of the first production systems are scheduled for the first half of 2023.

Mantle’s technology reduces the time it takes to create tooling components by eliminating or reducing many operations traditionally required to manufacture precise and durable steel tool components.

The launch follows the successful delivery of several beta systems. Westminster Tool, a precision mold builder in Plainfield, Connecticut, recently installed a beta system and is integrating it into its mold manufacturing operations. “Mantle far surpasses any additive metal technology we’ve seen before,” commented Ray Coombs, President and Founder of Westminster Tool. “The accuracy and quality we get from the printer allows us to bypass many of our internal manufacturing processes, giving us the advantage of delivering a better, faster product to our customers.”

Mantle’s solution is designed for ease of installation and use. “There is a huge skills gap in the injection mold making industry,” commented Hillary Thomas, Vice President of Westminster Tool. “Mantle’s technology is so intuitive that with minimal training we can have someone up and running this machine quickly. Mantle will help Westminster Tool change the way we do business.

Mantle launches the P-200 metal 3D printing system for toolmaking with the F-200 oven.  Deliveries in the first half of 2023
Printed coat insert for Tessy Plastics (right) and casting (bottom).

Mantle’s system and patented TrueShape technology begins with 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, produces durable and precise tooling components. An F-200 furnace can sinter multiple parts and support multiple printers.

Two tool steel materials, H13 and P2X (comparable steel to P20), are durable, stable and perform like traditional tool steels with secondary operations such as machining, polishing, coating and laser welding . Mantle’s easy-to-use software automates the printing process, including the generation of all toolpaths and machine instructions.

Recent customer success stories include Fathom Manufacturing, one of the largest on-demand digital manufacturing platforms in North America. The service provider has reduced its tool manufacturing time by 45% with components made by Mantle’s technology. Fathom reduced its tool manufacturing operations from 200 hours to 110 hours by eliminating or reducing several operations including CNC milling, EDM and polishing. Cavity and core inserts from Fathom Manufacturing printed with Mantle’s TrueShape metallic 3D printing technology (left). Cavity and core inserts after Fathom has completed the printed inserts and assembled them into their modular mold system (right).

Mantle launches the P-200 metal 3D printing system for toolmaking with the F-200 furnace.  Deliveries in the first half of 2023

Tessy Plastics, a global supplier specializing in custom injection molding and automated assembly solutions, exceeded 1.25 million cycles on a production mold built with Mantle components. The mold, which manufactures air freshener packaging, contains both Mantle H13 and P2X tool steel components and demonstrates the durability of Mantle steels in a demanding production environment. Tessy Plastics also realized a time saving of 60%, going from 150 hours to 60 hours.

Nicolet Plastics, a full-service custom plastic injection molding company with three facilities in Wisconsin, will install one of Mantle’s first production systems. “As an injection molder, the addition of Mantle technology allows us to internalize the production of additional tools and increase the complexity of the tools and inserts we manufacture. We will dramatically reduce the time it takes to produce production quality tools and be able to start production in weeks rather than months,” said Tony Cavalco, CEO of Nicolet Plastics. “Our tool designers and project managers will use the Mantle system for projects involving high-volume part manufacturing. Mantle technology will allow us to design compliant cooling channels to reduce mold cycle time and ensure the highest quality products for our customers.