It is possible to spin and shape a 3D-printed round plate with built-in cooling channels. Olsen Metaltrykkeri discovered that with help from the Danish Technological Institute and DTU in a MADE Material Demonstration project. Here, they have successfully tested how the ancient craft of metal spinning together with new additive technologies can provide new and exciting products.
- Our MADE Material demonstration project was about showing that we can shape a 3D-printed round plate with built-in cooling channels. Cooling channels are a challenge when it comes to shaping the metal, because it can create local stress,” says Stig Nalbandian, CEO of Olsen Metaltrykkeri, who is happy that the company became more aware of 3D printing via the project.
In the video below, Olsen Metal explains more about the project – and the process of metal spinning hollow plates.
The company from Rødovre works with metal spinning, where they shape plates during rotation - and it is reminiscent of the time when an ashtray was formed in arts class, the director explains and adds:
- Metal spinning is an ancient process known back from the Ming Dynasty, and we combine it with a completely new and exciting process - 3D printing. By combining the two manufacturing methods, we can produce new and exciting, innovative products.
The demonstration project has been great because it is something we have been thinking about for many years. It is right between what one would call research and traditional development
- Stig Nalbandian, Olsen Metaltrykkeri
About MADE Demonstration projects
With a MADE Demonstration project, a small or medium-sized company can receive up to DKK 100,000 in support to solve a specific challenge in the company or test a new technology in production.
There is an ongoing application deadline for demonstration projects in both material and production.
The MADE demonstration project has been made possible by funding from the Danish Industry Foundation.