This Digital ABS injection mold is used to produce overmolded electrical cable prototypes.
This Digital ABS injection mold is used to produce overmolded junction box prototypes.
Digital ABS internal mold components can be used toproduce prototypes or low-volume production parts.
“Digital ABS provides high-temperature resistance, toughness and rigidity, which are just what we needed in this application,” Ciubotaru said.
Digital ABS can simulate a range of durable production plastics, creating realistic, precise tools and prototypes that are tough and heat resistant. Using Digital ABS, Turck produces prototypes for overmolded products just a few days after completing the design, cutting the time to market to four months instead of six. The cost of 3D printing the mold is about $1,500, considerably less than the cost of modifying a steel tool, and the mold can produce between 20 and 100 parts. The ability to produce prototypes quickly has helped the company get many orders that it would not have received in the past.
“We recently received an order for several million dollars that we would not have even been able to bid on previously because the timeline was so tight,” Ciubotaru said.
Complex component molded in a 3D printed mold.
More options bring more opportunities.
Now Turck can try more design concepts than before thanks to the less expensive 3D printed molds. With more design freedom, Turck can respond to customer requests for variants of existing overmolded products. Often these product modifications have the same external dimensions, but different internal configurations, such as a bigger connector or cable. In the past, this required building new internal steel components such as pins and bushings for the mold, which was an expensive tooling investment.
But with Digital ABS, Turck can build modified internal parts for high- or low volume orders. If the part volume is high, prototype components are 3D printed and the final components are made from steel.
If the volume is low, Turck uses the plastic mold components to make production parts. The versatility and reliability of 3D printing with Digital ABS have opened the door to many more opportunities for Turck. From building prototypes quickly to gaining more design freedom, Turck can handle every custom order with agile expertise.