Mass produce plastic parts with complex designs – faster.
Injection moulding is a process of creating end-use components by injecting melted thermoplastics under pressure into a mould. The thermoplastic fills the hollow cavities of the mould and when it cools it solidifies, taking the core and cavity of the mould. When the mould opens, the solid plastic part is ejected, and process is repeated.
Traditionally the injection tooling mould is created using metal such as aluminium or steel. The process can often be very costly and can take weeks to manufacture. Changes to design is also highly difficult due to the costs to iterate the design.
The 3D printed injection mould process can speed production to 1-2 weeks versus 5-7 weeks, reducing time, costs and the ability to bring end-use parts to market faster. The 3D printed ceramic tool can also withstand high temperatures up to 120 degrees, allowing to produce real parts in various materials and real injection conditions.
Usually more suited to applications for low-run production (50-100 parts) of small end-use parts (less than 150mm), 3D printing injection moulds is already a proven technique within the industry.