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Fabricación de herramientas de conformado mediante la combinación de tecnologías LMD y criogenia.

The development of forming tools for manufacturing by forging, rolling, stamping, pressing (powder metallurgy) or cutting are usually carried out in steels known as “tool steels”, with high hardness and high wear resistance.

In order to reduce costs and speed up the tool manufacturing process while ensuring their dimensional precision and durability, AZTERLAN has developed the SOFTCLAD technology (patent protected) that offers:

SOFTCLAD technology: 3 steps

Advanced development of manufacturing tools

1) Selection of a base material

The tool body can be made of steel or other cast materials that ensure easy initial machining and sufficient hardness for forming work.

2) Cladding of an advanced coating by LMD

Deposit of powdered steel whose chemical composition has been designed in order to favor the retention of austenite in the coating and its thickness responds to the specific characteristics of the work to be performed.

3) Application of cryogenic treatment

It favors the transformation of austenite into martensite, providing hardness to the coating. Unlike the annealing treatment, it avoids significant dimensional distortions and surface oxidation, as well as the need for new machining on an already hardened part.

More efficient materials and processes

We can help you improve the service-life of your manufacturing means


We add value through optimization

“Solid state forming technologies gather a diverse group manufacturing means, materials and sectors with very different characteristics. However, they face common challenges associated with the incorporation of new materials, demanding production rates and increasing requests for the products they manufacture.

Developing components with advanced features, improving the useful life of manufacturing tools and addressing new markets and industrial applications are some of the areas through which we add value to the companies that design, manufacture and apply these components.”

Garikoitz Artola, PhD

Garikoitz Artola, PhD
Director of  Forming Technologies

Aitor Loizaga

Aitor Loizaga
Iron Foundry Technologies

Lucía Unamunzaga
Sustainability and Environment

Asier Bakedano, PhD

Asier Bakedano, PhD
Light Materials

Enara Mardaras, PhD
Corrosion and Protection of Materials

Dr. Javier Nieves

Javier Nieves, PhD
Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies

Fernando Santos
Special Materials and Processes


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