Traditional tooling are usually fabricated from metals such as steel or aluminum that come with high cost and time commitment. Injection molding is ideal for producing high volumes of plastic parts and it can be used as multi-cavity or family mold where you can produce different parts from the same tool at the same time.
With the help of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, companies can consider 3D printed their core and cavity inserts as well as slider. In this case, they can reduce the lead-time for prototypes and made modification faster.
There are 2 types for 3D printed inserts:
- Printed in plastic
- Direct metal printing
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Using 3D printed inserts on small and complex mold compared to traditional machining of the inserts, it will have better ROI (Return on Investment).
What are the industries that can consider using 3D printed inserts?
Medical device is one of the industry. The medical device is usually the common model but they require to make minor changes to meet the customized requirement to different customers. In this case, they can 3D printed and replace the inserts easily while using back the common mouldbase for production.
Consumer Goods, such as caps, bottles, etc., is another industry where they can consider using 3D printing.
Automotive, Manufacturing and almost all industries can consider 3D printing either for prototypes, functional testing purposes or for production.
Instead of 3D printed inserts, you can also go for 3D printed products. Additive manufacturing for plastic parts is another moving forward trends where companies can reduce development costs and increase productivity by eliminating expensive and time-consuming tooling.
Digital Molding simplifies the production workflow where the CAD data is all you need. With the CAD data, you are ready to print the parts for production.
Figure 4 delivers ultra-fast additive manufacturing technology in discrete modules, allowing it to be placed into automated assembly lines and integrated with secondary processes, including washing, drying and curing of end-use parts.
To kick start, you can consider Figure 4 Standalone where it is compact and easy-to-use design that delivers industrial-grade durability at an affordable price and low total cost of operations.
Figure 4 Standalone materials are especially developed for the production of end-use parts and for fast prototyping applications.
- Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 10 is a high-speed material
- Figure 4 TOUGH-GRY 15 is a economical material for rigid gray parts
- Figure 4 FLEX-BLK 10 is a flexible material for the production of exceptionally durable polypropylene-like black parts
- Figure 4 ELAST-BLK 10 is a elastomeric black material for design and test applications
- Figure 4 JCAST-GRN 10 is a casyable green material for jewellery applications.