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Ingersoll showcases 3D printed winglet layup tool at IMTS

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The part was printed with large 3D printing technology developed by Ingersoll Machine Tools and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. (Rockford, IL, US) showcased at this week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS, Chicago, IL, US) Master Print, the company’s new large-format 3D printing technology with automatic attachment change to 5-axis CNC for aerospace-grade milling. The technology was developed in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL, Oak Ridge, TN, US).

On display is the layup tool for a winglet shown in two stages. One is the just-printed tool. Second is the finished tool with sealant coating, ready to be used.

The part, says Ingersoll, weighs 430 lb/195kg and was printed in 6.5 hours. It was machined in 4.3 hours using the machine’s 5-axis technology. The material is ABS with 20% chopped carbon fiber reinforcement.

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