Short run production can be technically challenging, costly and slow, but 3D printing can be an effective workaround. Bringing affordable 3D printing in-house, however, can simplify the silicone rubber RTV moldmaking process and reduce lead times by weeks.
In this webinar, Andrew Edman, applications engineer at Formlabs, and Jose Balderas, prototype engineer at NeoSensory, will explore how 3D printing can be used to create molds to produce short runs of units for testing.
We'll dive into a step-by-step workflow on how Balderas used 3D printing at NeoSensory to create molds for RTV casting for an upcoming wearable device.
- Learn the pros and cons of thermoforming, injection molding, machining, direct printing and RTV molding
- Discover how Jose Balderas from NeoSensory uses the Form 2 for RTV casting
- See design guidelines and tips for creating a mold in CAD
- Learn suggested materials and equipment you'll need for RTV moldmaking
Andrew Edman is an applications engineer at Formlabs. Prior to Formlabs, Andrew ran CLEAR design lab, a product design and development consultancy that helped startups and Fortune 500 companies alike to create new products, from concept to full-scale manufacturing. At Formlabs, Andrew works to help manufacturers get value from adding 3D printing to their operations, from validation to production floor jigs and fixtures.
Jose Balderas is an experienced prototype engineer working in the consumer electronics industry. With skills across CAD, design for assembly, soldering, and metal fabrication, Jose designs and builds prototypes at all stages in the product design process. He currently works for NeoSensory, a hardware startup bringing sensory augmentation to the masses via wearables, and holds a degree from the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology.