Molding the future with 3D printing

By Bill Resch on

Injection molding is one of the most popular manufacturing processes. It is best used to mass-produce highly accurate, and often complex, three dimensional (3D) end-use parts. With cycle times ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes, injection molding is ideal for high-volume manufacturing applications. This is an investment that is hard for most companies to justify for a few dozen test parts. However, without proper testing, these investments may be diminished if further revisions to the part’s design are required.

traditional mold
A traditional straight-pull mold ranges from $2,500 to $15,000 with delivery taking 10 days to 4 weeks.

Low volume Stratasys PolyJet™ 3D printed injection molds

Today, PolyJet™ 3D printed injection molds are a great low volume option for evaluating part design and performance. Capable of producing 5 to 100 parts in the same thermoplastic that will be used in production, they can be constructed in one or two days for a fraction of the cost of soft metal or steel tooling. By using PolyJet printed molds manufacturers can rapidly and cost-effectively assess a part’s form, fit, and true function.

Digital ABS 3D-printed injection core and cavity mold for electronic components printed the same day and ready to produce molded parts.

electronic component
Electronic component molded in production grade material ready for functional testing.

Mold tools printed in Digital ABS is a material renowned for its high temperature resistance and toughness, making it ideal for injection molding applications.

*Stratasys Technical Application Guide for PolyJet Injection Molding

Stratasys J-Series 3D printers

Armed with a J-Series 3D printer from Stratasys bring low volume mold tools created using Digital ABS materials to your shop now. 

J-Series polyjet 3D printers

If you want to do testing but are not ready to pull the trigger on purchasing a machine yet, TriMech offers 3D printing as a service.

This can allow you to quickly assess the printed mold properties before investing in a Stratasys 3D printer. If you already have a Stratasys machine and looking for advice our team of Application Engineers can help you find the best solution.

Start molding the future now. Contact TriMech today!