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Tool manufacturer Wilson Tool launches 3D printing

The global US tool manufacturer and punching and bending specialist is expanding its production with its own additive manufacturing division.

25 Oct. 2018
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Tool manufacturer Wilson Tool launches 3D printing (Photo: Wilson Tool International)

The new Wilson Tool Additive division will focus on two different product areas: Firstly, on the Bend3D product line 3D produced in the 3D printing process. It includes high-quality bending and molding tools for machining sheets whose quality is apparently comparable to edge bending tools from traditional production. Secondly, under the name Solv3D the manufacturer offers replacements for wearing parts that were previously made of plastic or steel. In contrast to the previous process, which required the production of a casting mold before the actual production process, according to Wilson Tool International the 3D printing impresses with significantly lower production costs. This should also lower the cost of realizing prototypes.

The quality and strength of additively manufactured workpieces is steadily increasing: Airbus is now leveraging the technology to manufacture mass-produced components for the A320neo and A350 XWB aircraft.