MIRDC collaborates with SODICK to Establish the Metal 3D Printing Joint Laboratory in Innovating Additive Manufacturing and develop Composite Machining
On May 10th, MIRDC and Japan’s SODICK announced the opening of the Metal 3D Printing Joint Laboratory. On that day, many VIPs from both countries gathered to announce a joint Taiwan-Japan effort in driving metal 3D printing application development and promotion. This is expected to expand application of metal 3D printing technology by Taiwan makers and speed up industry innovative development. Japan’s SODICK is an internationally known tool manufacturer. This joint Taiwanese-Japanese platform would be applied to conduct technology exchange for both parties, and turn both parties into great allies through mutual technology industry assistance and mutual benefit. A further technology based exchange between Taiwan and Japan would also be expected.
Domestic industries used to apply traditional cooling mold, however, the cooling design is limited by the production method and structure. Consequently, design of cooling system cannot effectively conform to the product surface. The product could not sufficiently dissipate heat, and the resulting uneven shrinkage caused warpage. The Metal 3D Printing Joint Laboratory has OPM 250L equipment that provides high precision additive SLM metal 3D printing technology. This technology uses highly complicated, high freedom shape design and high precision machining to provide the industry with the first one-stop solution. This process can rapidly produce complicated metal parts and then proceed with laser sintering and high speed milling to achieve high quality sintering density and precision processing (SPI-A2 grade) required in the mold machining. This process not only can add value to plastic injection mold (conformal cooling system), but also can be applied to industrial high precision parts (turbine blades, connectors), non-invasive medical device, or other related product fields.
With the support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, MIRDC has established relevant technology capabilities, including digital binder jetting (BJ) additive manufacturing system that can accelerate casting development, the only electron beam milting (EBM) metal 3D printing that has passed FDA certification for producing medical grade implants, and powder/wire direct energy deposition (DED) metal 3D printing suitable for rapid repair of precision parts. As the best partner for upgrading and adding value to Taiwan industries, MIRDC has the most comprehensive metal 3D printing technical capability in Taiwan. MIRDC would provide comprehensive services to industries for complicated metal parts and conformal cooling mold development, which can significantly increase industry competitiveness.