For more than two decades, Bastech has used additive manufacturing technology to solve a range of applications, from functional prototypes for the automotive industry to complex investment casting patterns for end-use aerospace components.
Well versed in traditional as well as additive methods, Bastech engineers recently performed two benchmark tests for manufacturing molds with conformal cooling channels – one using 3D Systems’ end-to-end solutions, and one using conventional processes.
The Ohio-based firm found that using 3D Systems’ Cimatron mold-making software, the ProX DMP 200 3D printer and Geomagic Control led to a quantifiably more productive, affordable and streamlined manufacturing process.
This system reduced design time by 70%, cycle time by 14% and overall costs by 16%. Plus it saved more than 40 hours of programming and shop time, compared to traditional methods.
“The bottom line is that by working with Cimatron, Direct Metal Printing and Geomagic Control, we are designing faster and making more efficient molds more economically,” said Ben Staub, President and Owner, Bastech.