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Guide to Rapid Tooling

In this white paper, learn how to combine rapid tooling with traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming, or casting.

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  • Introduction
  • What is Rapid Tooling?
  • Applications of Rapid Tooling
  • How To Manufacture Rapid Tooling
  • How Rapid Tooling With 3D Printing Works


Most traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, thermoforming, or casting require custom tooling to create end-use parts. However, tooling comes with high upfront costs and weeks or months-long lead times from service providers, slowing down product development and extending the time it takes to get a product to market.

Incorporating in-house rapid tooling such as 3D printed molds, patterns, and dies into the product development process empowers businesses to validate the design and material choice before transitioning to mass production and provides an affordable means to produce custom or limited series of end-use parts.

This comprehensive guide will discuss:
  • What separates rapid tooling from conventional tooling
  • The different applications of rapid tooling
  • Real-life case studies with rapid tooling
  • Manufacturing processes that can benefit from rapid tooling
  • How to get started with creating rapid tooling in house

What is Rapid Tooling?

Rapid tooling is the group of techniques used to fabricate tooling fast, at low cost, and efficiently for traditional manufacturing processes to create parts on a slim timeline or in lower quantities.

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