Moldmaking

3D Printing Helps Prove Sensor Marketability in Low Volume

Before going into full-scale production for a water sensor system, Sensocare used 3D-printed master molds and parts to produce an initial run.

Video: 3D Printing’s Role in the Plastics Industry

This interview from NPE2018 highlights uses of 3D printing technology for the plastics industry, from prototyping through volume production.

PolyJet Process Speeds Injection Mold Prototyping

By 3D printing prototype mold tools, German moldmaker Hans Geiger Spritzgießtechnik reduced both the time and money required to produce them.

Listen: Podcast Discusses Trends, Benefits of Metal AM for Moldmaking

An episode of the Manufacturing Alliance podcast recorded live at NPE2018 features industry experts discussing who benefits from using additive manufacturing in moldmaking and which AM trends are helping moldmakers.

Hybrid Production, Not Just Prototyping, at Matsuura's New Additive Manufacturing Center

The new Matsuura Machinery USA Lumex Additive Manufacturing Center is one part lab, one part showroom and one part production facility—all meant to showcase the company’s hybrid manufacturing capabilities.

Comparing Conventional and 3D Printing Processes for Sand Casting

New research shows surprising benefits for 3D-printed molds and cores over traditional casting processes.

Linear Comes Full Circle

The relaunched company will focus on metal 3D printing of mold inserts with conformal cooling. The timing is great, because some high-volume molders have just finished proving that this solution works.

Video: The Case for Hybrid Manufacturing in Moldmaking

Instead of relying on EDM to machine features recessed deep into the part, machine those features while 3D printing progresses, finishing them before they become hard to reach.

Amerimold 2018 to Highlight "Avenues to Additive Manufacturing"

The 2018 edition of the trade show includes a panel presentation exploring how and why mold shops pursue 3D printing and additive manufacturing. 

Video: Moldmaker Succeeding with Conformal Cooling

B&J Specialty now complements its machining capabilities with metal 3D printing for making mold inserts with cooling channels that follow the contours of the mold. The shop is even revisiting challenging molds from the past.

Conformally Cooled Injection Mold Reduces Cycle Time by 55 Percent

With Renishaw’s help, Kärcher ended its production bottleneck using 3D-printed molds with conformal cooling channels.

The Right Design, Material and Machine Combination Takes the Risk Out of 3D Printing Molds

Full-service design and mold delivery, moldmaking materials, and a low-cost, high-precision printer minimize the technical risk of 3D-printed mold tryout.