What is Conformal Cooling in Injection Molding
In the injection molding process, especially in-mold molding, how to reduce part cooling time is the key to improving production speed and part quality. However, when the structure of the part is more complex and the depth is deeper, it will bring great difficulties to the design of the cooling channel. Using the traditional CNC machining method to generate the conformal cooling channel, the most difficult thing is that it is impossible to create a curved cooling channel at all. The generation process is not only time-consuming, but also extremely expensive, and the service life of the cooling water channel is not long.
However, the advancement of SLM additive manufacturing brings new oppertunities and new approach to solve this tough task. The biggest feature of additive manufacturing is that it can print parts with extremely complex structures layer by layer. In this way, the metal printed conformal cooling channel flows along the geometry of the part, which can hugely improve the cooling efficiency and shorten the production cycle by 15% - 35%, even more. The cooling efficiency can be better control and evaluated by the conformal cooling channel by the fluid mechanics software.