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3D Printing Application Series: 3D Printed Molds

When it comes to mold creation, traditional approaches can be laborious, expensive and limit design flexibility. It often requires a skilled machinist, lengthy lead times and expensive tooling. One of the key advantages of 3D printed molds is the ability to create complex geometries and intricate details that are difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional methods.

3D Printed Mold Process

This opens up a world of possibilities for designers and engineers. With additive manufacturing, you can streamline the entire process. With Stratasys thermoplastics and photopolymers molds can be quickly produced to evaluate prototype parts or produce low volumes of end use parts. Additionally, additive manufacturing enables on demand production. With additively manufactured molds, you can quickly produce low to medium quantities of parts without the need for expensive tooling or time-consuming setup.

3D printed mold

3D printed mold

Stratasys boasts a comprehensive lineup of printers, including FDM, PolyJet, P3, which is a form of DLP, SLA, and SAF, a powder-based system. By leveraging additive manufacturing for mold production, you can drastically reduce lead times and costs. Iterations and design changes can be easily implemented, allowing for faster product development and improved time to market. If you’re looking to optimize your mold production process, consider the benefits of additive manufacturing with TriMech’s expertise and Stratasys’ cutting edge 3D printing technologies. You can unlock new levels of efficiency and design freedom.

Want to learn more about 3D printed molds? Check out these case studies

Formula SAE Case Study: Using the Stratasys Neo 800, Stereolithography (SLA) to create molds for carbon fiber forming on formula SAE car.

ECCO Case Study:  ECCO, a major shoe brand, uses the Stratasys Origin One, Photopolymerization (P3) to create molds for Direct Injection Process (DIP) shoe sole inserts. Learn how they use 3D printing technology to reduce time and waste, and produce better shoes.

ECCO mold using Origin One

ECCO mold using Origin One 3D printer

To learn more about 3D printed molds and the materials available, contact our team of Application Engineers for personal recommendations and insights.