Injection molding is a mainstay of manufacturing, used universally to produce parts quickly and inexpensively.
But… the process of creating sample parts to evaluate design for performance and fit before mass production isn’t always particularly efficient or affordable. For example it can take many weeks to create the steel or aluminum tool for injection molding using the conventional CNC process. And it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to create the tool. If you just want to test the functionality of the part in a real world environment that is a lot of money to invest. What if you need to make changes to the design? You’ll need to create a new tool and that means a lot of time and money.
Or, what if you want to produce a low volume of parts that can’t be directly 3D printed? Injection molding is your answer… but not with conventional metal tools.
These issues are exactly why manufacturers are beginning to embrace the use of 3D printers to create tools to produce injection molded prototype parts. Stratasys’ new White Paper on “Precision Prototyping” explains how you can move your manufacturing business to a new level of profitability and efficiency with 3D printed injection molds. It discusses what you should consider in terms of injection molding, highlights the advantages of PolyJet 3D printing technology and recommends best practices and best fit parameters to create a 3D printed mold, without tooling.
To find out more about the role of 3D printing in injection molding without tooling, click here to download Precision Prototyping: The Role of 3D Printed Molds Without Tooling in the Injection Molding Industry.