Experimenting with different infill structure to check for best fit for the industrial press machine

Experimenting with the  3D printed molds

3D PRESSING

Pressing metal is usually done using a wooden mold cut with CNC to copy the exact desired shape, in this project I tried to mimic the process using a 3D printed mold, which is easier to create without access to heavy machinery and can be helpful for prototyping.

In this project I conducted a series of experiments testing different shapes for the mold, and different infill structure and density to check for the minimum requirements.

​Interestingly enough, for some metals of even up to 1mm thick, the print managed to bend the metal in different directions and not to break under the pressure of the press machine.

Year: 2016

3D PRESSING

Experimenting with the technique of 3d printer molds

Pressing metal is usually done using a wooden mold cut with CNC to copy the exact desired shape, in this project I tried to mimic the process using a 3D printed mold, which is easier to create without access to heavy machinery and can be helpful for prototyping.

In this project I conducted a series of experiments testing different shapes for the mold, and different infill structure and density to check for the minimum requirements.

​Interestingly enough, for some metals of even up to 1mm thick, the print managed to bend the metal in different directions and not to break under the pressure of the press machine.

Year: 2016