Over 1,000 successful forming projects!
What is the Aluminum Forming Research Center?
The Center was established as a step towards a new type of manufacturing by Takano Co., Ltd. (a precision sheet metal company in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture) in 2019.
The center deals with aluminum forming using metal 3D printers based on Takano’s core strengths of technical capability (3D design and metal processing) and quality control capability. The center works to promote the utilization of metal 3D printers from Nagano Prefecture to all over Japan and the rest of the world.
(Selected as an FY2020 Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Japan Brand Development Assistance Program project and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Consortium for New Export Nation Program)
- Metal processing knowledge cultivated through precision sheet metal business: Realization of high-quality manufacturing based on a foundation of the metal processing technical capabilities we have cultivated through our precision sheet metal business (50 years of history)
- Metal 3D printer forming track record: We have a proven track record in a diverse range of forming focusing mainly on automotive parts and precision device manufacturers (Over 1,000 cumulative projects completed)
- Forming quality based on research and testing: Numerical evaluation of everything from metal laminate forming basic properties to formed product quality through collaboration with research institutes (collaborations with industry, academia, and government)
|Equipment||TruPrint 1000 (TRUMPF)|
|Build capacity||Φ96mm × H75mm|
|Materials||Aluminum (AISi10Mg), contact us for a consultation. *We can also handle materials other than aluminum (resin, stainless steel, etc.).|
|Powder particle size||40 μm or smaller|
|Single layer overlay thickness||20μm|
|Precision||Approximately ±0.1 mm|
|Surface quality||Ra 5 to 10 μm|
|Equipment||Mark Two (Markforged)|
|Build capacity||320mm × 132mm × 154mm|
|Fiber materials||Carbon fibers, fiberglass, high temperature fiberglass, Kevlar|
|Precision||Approximately ±0.1 mm|
Aluminum formed product properties
Aluminum powder materials
AlSi10Mg is an aluminum casting alloy with good casting properties and is the most common powdered material used to the degree that “aluminum for metal 3D printing” almost always refers to AlSi10Mg. The material has favorable strength, hardness, and dynamic properties, and is well-suited to prototype forming aimed at decreasing weight, integrating components, forming complex shapes, forming hollow cavities, and other advanced processing. The material can also be machine processed, electric erosion arc machined, welded, ground, painted, surface processed, or coated as necessary.
Tensile strength, yield strength, elongation, degree of elasticity, hardness
|Degree of elasticity
All data are the average values from 3 test pieces.
＊:Hardness was measured at 8-9 points per test piece, with no deviations found for each location
【[Reference] Aluminum die-cast products: Tensile strength: Approximately 310 MPa, General purpose aluminum alloy: Tensile strength: Approximately 260 MPa
Formed product cross-section and internal defect observation data
by metallograph (90°)
nternal defect observation
by X-ray CT (90°)
The above are the test results (from tests implemented at the Nagano Prefecture General Industrial Technology Center) from test pieces, and are not guarantees regarding the performance, capacity, or properties of other formed products.
Example solutions from our company’s formed products are listed below.
Please contact us for further details on any of our solutions.
Automotive industry ①
The customer wanted to create prototype intake pipes in complex shapes.
The customer wanted to create prototype heat sinks with complex shapes and thin plate thickness.
The customer wanted to create metal with a low apparent density.
The customer wanted to form complex shape prototypes which could not be formed using conventional machining.
The customer wanted to form special parts to be used in in-house production lines. They asked us to do everything from creating 3D data from 2D drawings to carrying out 3D printing.
The customer wanted to form parts for light collecting components with holes which could not be formed using conventional machining.
The customer wanted to create research components out of mesh shapes and copper materials.
The customer wanted to form prototype parts for construction equipment.
The customer wanted to form equipment bodies out of aluminum materials. The customer wanted us to not only help them reduce costs, but also use specialized R processing.
These are samples of some of the products our company has manufactured.
「Star Wars R2-D2*」
Collaboration model created with Hara Seisakusyo
「3D fin ball」
*TOYAMA ART MUSEUM on display
“Turbine concept model”
“Steering mount concept model”
Materials: AlSi10Mg, a generative design aimed at maintaining strength while making the product more lightweight
“Plate thickness 0.2 mm sample”
Our company can handle aluminum forming at a plate thickness of 0.2 mm. *Dependent on shape.
“Mold for bending processing”
“Kannon with one thousand arms”
“Heat exchanger concept model”
“Heat exchanger concept model: Wave”
Materials: AlSi10Mg, Plate thickness: 0.3 mm, Weight: 15 g
“Heat exchanger concept model: Tuna”
Materials: AlSi10Mg, Plate thickness: 0.6 mm, integral formed joints, based on a motif of a tuna swimming in the ocean
“Heat exchanger concept model tree”