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Doncaster Company mould the way to an exciting future with new 3D metal printing machine

Agemaspark, a specialist precision-engineering company based in Doncaster, have recently secured finance to purchase a brand-new additive manufacturing 3D metal printing machine. The EOS 290 allows the company to create innovative mould tools by developing a highly efficient advanced manufacturing process, through conformal cooling to produce laser-sintered inserts for mould tools.

After 2 years of in-depth research, thanks to the introduction of their new in-house facility to produce inserts, Agemaspark will soon be able to demonstrate the complete process to their customers, with the machine becoming operation in January 2021.

Along with the downstream capabilities to supply complete tools, this new ground breaking process will offer new and more innovative ways to make intricate inserts that can be processed with cooling, not possible at the moment without using expensive heat transfer materials. Through introducing a new ceramic coating to increase surface hardness, this also has positive environment effects, reducing maintenance time and wear giving Agemaspark the opportunity to have a more eco-friendly and efficient process to produce tooling for plastic components.

One of their main target sectors: the plastic caps & closures market continues to grow extensively in both the European & Global markets. However, this relies on the mould tool manufacturing sector to keep abreast with new technology and speed of production. With the new laser sintering machine, Agemaspark will become part of the global mould tool manufacturing stage allowing the company to efficiently compete in creating innovative mould tools for the plastic component market.

Paul Stockhill, Managing Director at Agemaspark, said “This is a fantastic boost for the company & the local economy enabling Agemaspark to invest in jobs, reduce our environmental impact through waste reduction techniques and continue research & development efforts to penetrate further markets, in particular, the pharmaceutical sector.”

“We’re proud that we have the expertise within South Yorkshire & ultimately, the UK to deliver these products, reducing reliance on external suppliers and imports and increasing competitiveness within the market as a whole. We also hope that, through our partnership with Doncaster UTC, we are creating a generation of young people ready to grow into our industry.”

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