3D printing the molds takes just a day or two, compared with six to eight weeks required to produce a metal mold. Of course they don't have the longevity of CNC molds, but these durable plastic versions can be used to create components in their final materials in order to check functionality and material properties.
- Why companies are including 3D printed injection molds together with traditional methods
- When does it make sense to use 3D printing for injection molding
- What are the cost and time savings involved in 3D printing an injection mold
- What kinds of materials can be injected into a 3D printed mold
- How do 3D printed molds enable you to create and test parts with complex features
Gil Robinson has been working for Stratasys since 2012, and he's currently a senior applications engineer for the Vertical Solutions Business Unit, where he aides in development of molding applications. Along with graduating from LeHigh University with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering, Gil brings with him a wide range of experiences in design, engineering and manufacturing from several industries, including aerospace, consumer goods and industrial goods.