SMS Group is using additive manufacturing to produce its new 3D spray heads for forging presses. The company says 3D printing enables it to produce lightweight, compact spray heads that can be tailored to the conditions of the respective dies.
The starting material is a fine powder based on polyamide and the result is 3D-printed spray heads that are claimed to be 90% lighter than parts made of steel. This allows the use of handling systems that are said to be faster than those previously employed. The company says it offers its customers linear, cam-controlled or servo-motor-driven spray systems and industrial robots.