Injection molding requires high initial investment, specialist equipment and lead time for tooling, this can significantly hinder the speed and cost to introduce new products to the market. 3D printing technology offers a cost-cutting, agile solution to quickly design and fabricate molds for small runs of thermoplastics prototypes or end-use parts.
In this webinar we discuss how 3D printing can unlock in-demand mold fabrication to generate hundreds of parts. From idea to production in a matter of days at a fraction of the cost.
We cover a recommended workflow, design guidelines and injecting conditions to manufacture low-run injection molds with 3D printing. We will also discuss some use cases where customers are now using 3D printed molds from their Formlabs machine that cost less than half of a traditional in-house machined mould.
Seiko Nishino, Applications Engineer at Formlabs, works to introduce 3D printers to workflows and explore new uses of 3D printers. Seiko has worked on CAE specializing in heat transfer simulations in her previous job and her background is in mechanical engineering where she conducted research on 3D printing of medical implants, and since then have been working with 3D printers.