Germany’s SMS group won the German Design Award in the “Industry” category for an additively manufactured spray head used to cool dies in the forging industry. The award recognizes innovative products and projects and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them. In this case, it was not only the spray-head component that was noteworthy, but also that additive-manufacturing (AM) techniques were used to produce the part.
The new spray-head solution produced by 3D printing is the result of a joint effort by the company’s Forging Plants department, Additive Manufacturing project team and simulation technology experts. The spray head is significantly smaller, features flow-optimized channels and cools the dies specifically and as required in each individual case. Die areas subjected to intensive heating are cooled at a correspondingly higher rate than areas less hot. In addition, these spray heads can be produced virtually just in time.