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How to 3D Print Tooling for Composite Fabrication

By <a href="https://mfg.trimech.com/author/rodmackay/" target="_self">Rod Mackay</a>

By Rod Mackay

Posted on June 6, 2022

Download a white paper to learn how to use composite 3D printing to 3D Print Tooling that will complement your traditional metal tools!

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?

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.

How to 3D Print Tooling with a Composite 3D Printer

Download the White Paper to learn how new composite ready 3D printers from Stratasys will help you to:

  1. Lower production costs, as 3D printed tools are typically less expensive to make
  2. Reduce lead time as 3D printed tools can be manufactured much more quickly than conventionally made tools
  3. Design faster as 3D printing lets you iterate your tool design much more efficiently
  4. Optimize parts as 3D printing avoids typical manufacturing constraints
  5. Take advantage of the latest materials and techniques to create composite carbon fiber tooling
Article by <a href="https://mfg.trimech.com/author/rodmackay/" target="_self">Rod Mackay</a>

Article by Rod Mackay

Rod has been using 3D CAD software for over 25 years and has trained thousands of designers to use their CAD systems more effectively.