One of the most dramatic impacts that 3D printing is having on design and manufacturing is in injection molding. Companies such as Seuffer (video: Streamlining Injection Molding with 3D Printed Tools), Milacron (video: Milacron Shifts Gears to 3D Printed Injection Molds for Rapid Part Prototyping) and Whale (video: Whale Cuts Lead Time by 97% with 3D Printed Injection Molds) are reporting significant savings in molding costs and production time by 3D printing injection molds to test designs before mass production or to produce small quantities of parts.
Using 3D printed injection molds at Arad Dalia for producing and testing water-tight parts for electronic components. The plastic parts are sealed together using ultrasonic welding.
3D printing the molds takes just a day or two, compared with six to eight weeks required to produce a metal mold. They don’t necessarily have the long life of CNC molds, but these durable plastic versions are ideal to create components in their final materials in order to check functionality and material properties.
A mounted 3D printed mold, created using Stratasys Digital ABS material, after an injection
Join this 60-minute webinar to learn more as Gil Robinson, Senior Application Engineer, Stratasys, explains the “why, how and what” of 3D printed injection molds. Customer examples featured in this webinar include Arad Dalia, which uses 3D printed injection molded prototypes to test IEC certification of product assemblies; Berker (video: Berker Makes a Switch to Stratasys 3D Printed Injection Molds), which performs functional testing on light switch prototypes produced with 3D printed injection molds; and Grundfos, which conducted an extensive evaluation of polymer-based 3D printing technologies for producing the molds.
What You Will Learn:
- What are the gains in using 3D printing for injection molds vs. other traditional methods?
- What are the costs and time savings involved in 3D printing an injection mold?
- What kinds of materials can be injected into a 3D printed mold?
- How do 3D printed molds enable you to create and test parts with complex features?
- Who is using 3D printed injection molds today?
Who Should Attend: Injection molders; engineering managers and directors, manufacturing engineers, production engineers, operations managers, design engineers, and industrial designers; quality assurance, materials development, and machine shop supervisors.
Join today to see how 3D printed injection molds can change the economics of design and manufacturing.