Like prototyping, workholding and alignment are common CFR printing applications. Metal FFF adds a new dimension to the existing composites applications space, thus opening up new opportunities.
Composite tooling is transformational, but has its weaknesses. In these areas, metal FFF parts shine. Industrial 3D printer metal is both heat and wear resistant where composites are not.
Manufacturers can also utilize the inherent performance advantages of metal 3D printing, which include lightweighting, cooling channels, etc. — to build tools that perform better than the conventional alternative.
Hybrid Tools. 3D printed metal and composite parts can be combined into hybrid tools. These tools enable users to harness the inherent strengths of each technology. This includes instances particularly where localized wear resistance is required; for example, users can print metal tips and plastic bodies.