3D-Printed Tooling

Large-Format Additive Manufacturing: Viable for Autoclave Tooling?

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute explore the potential of using large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) technology for creating autoclave tooling used in manufacturing aerospace composite parts.

Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.

Stainless Steel Pelton Runner Created with 3D-Printed Molds and Cores

A manufacturer in India reduced lead time and increased efficiency in delivering castings using sand 3D printing from Voxeljet to create tooling.

Video: The Pella Corporation Is Succeeding With 3D-Printed Tooling

An engineering leader with the window and door maker shows examples of the tooling and machine parts now produced for the company's manufacturing processes using 3D printing.

3D-Printed Tooling and the Mindset Change at Pella

For the window and door maker, 3D printing for tooling and machine components is “not just another tool, but a whole other toolkit.” However, winning widespread acceptance and understanding was the most important challenge.

Voxeljet's PDB Process Adapts 3D Printing for Casting

Rapid 2019: Voxeljet’s Phenolic Direct Binding (PDB) process produces complex casting molds and cores.

Thermwood Validates 3D-Printed Yacht Hull Molds

A 3D-printed scale model of a hull mold will enable Thermwood to test and validate additive manufacturing for producing this tooling.

3D Print the Tool to Cast the Mold to Make the Part

3D-printed molds to manufacture parts are familiar, but what if the mold itself was made with a 3D-printed tool? Catalysis Additive Tooling proves out this concept in a mold for a fiberglass part.

Fast-Tracking the Supply Chain with 3D-Printed Tooling, Strategic Partners

Catalysis Additive Tooling is building a one-stop supply chain for production quantities ranging from one to one million. 3D-printed tooling and relationships are key.

Tribologically Optimized Filament Delivers Maintenance-Free 3D-Printed Robot Grippers

A Germany-based cosmetics company saved 85 percent in the cost of its robot grippers by switching from aluminum to 3D-printed polymer.

The Manufacturing Network as a Source for Internal Custom Tooling

For a tool that includes both machined and 3D-printed components, all the pieces of the tool can be made by separate companies yet arrive together. BMW has used Xometry to obtain tooling in this way.

Boeing Partners with Thermwood on 3D-Printed Tool for 777X

The tool was printed as a single piece from 20 percent carbon fiber-reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.