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3D PRINTING FOR
INJECTION MOULDING

Additive Manufacturing is successfully used to complement existing injection moulding processes; by accelerating product development, reducing risks, costs and lead times, and enabling low volume production runs.

3D PRINT MOULDS

FOR TESTING AND VALIDATION

Quickly iterate 3D print prototype moulds without the risk, at low cost, to test and approve mould designs prior to manufacture, or pilot production. 3D printing allows for multiple iterations at very low cost

FOR USE IN LOW VOLUME RUNS

3D print strong, smooth detailed moulds for use in the injection moulding process, particularly for where there are multiple variants, bespoke or differing product features, on low volume orders. 3D printed moulds can be fitted to both desktop and industrial injection moulding machines.

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Interested in using Additive Manufacturing for Injection Moulding?

“Time was the number one benefit. We were testing the mould in one week, and then in one day created a second design which delivered significant improvements.”

Jake Fallon, Technology Development Engineer at Braskem

Using Formlabs SLA technologies

 

 

“Having the Form 3 in our factory floor has made our mould-making process much more agile, and the Rigid 10K resin is one of the best resins we have used so far for injection moulding. Now we are able to respond to customer requests much faster” 

 

Kevin Li, CEO of Multiplus

Using Formlabs SLA technologies
 

AN ALTERNATIVE TO INJECTION MOULDING

One of the common limitations with injection moulding is the required production volumes. Due to the high cost involved with traditionally manufactured metal moulds, injection moulding is often not a viable production method for low volumes, typically 1 > 1000 units.

A better alternative is to 3D print the end component directly, saving time and money. 

3D printing low volume and short-run batches opens up new market opportunities, and new revenue streams for injection moulders.

Mass production of bespoke parts is possible with Additive. Every single version of a component can be 3D printed with unique and differing features at the same unit cost.

ADDITIVE AS A SOLUTION

Stereolithography (SLA), Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) and Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) Additive Manufacturing are are ideal complementary technologies, or even an alternative for low-mid volume injection moulding.

Nexa3D industrial 3D printers offer unique speed capabilities to deliver production-scale manufacturing at ultrafast speeds.

Formlabs desktop 3D printers offer capabilities to 3D print moulds in a wide range of functional materials.

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