Using composite 3D printing to produce metal forming tools allows manufacturers to go from tool design to production in as little as a week. Many tools can be 3D printed in less than 24 hours with no human intervention!
Solving the everyday problems on a manufacturing floor doesn’t come easily. You’re asked to produce more and do it under sometimes unrealistic time expectations. You’re also on the hook to increase quality and do whatever it takes to get production up and running again when things break down. To top it off, it’s likely one of your KPIs includes doing all that while reducing cost.
This may sound familiar if you’re a manufacturing engineer or production manager. It’s a perfect storm of hard-to-achieve, contradictory goals. Is it really possible to make things better, particularly when resources are always scarce?
Composite 3D printing for tooling
We’re here to say it is possible. But it requires following a strategy that challenges the status quo. It involves changing the way you think about the tooling your organization uses to keep the factory floor running, so you can make your operation more efficient, safe, and cost-effective. We’re talking about integrating 3D printed tooling to complement traditional metal tools.
This 3D Printing Composite guide covers:
- Real-life examples from industry leading companies
- The benefits of carbon fiber
- FDM ABS-CF10 Use Case
- FDM Nylon-CF10 Use Case
- How to choose the right carbon fiber material
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