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.
Low volume Stratasys PolyJet™ 3D printed injection molding
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.
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 J8-Series 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.