When a 180-year-old bell foundry sought an alternate solution for expensive metal mold patterns, it turned to a 125-year-old company for a modern solution: large-format additive manufacturing.
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A new 3D printing process that shapes extruded metal paste before sintering can produce fine detail and surface finish suitable for injection mold cores and cavities with limited or no additional postprocessing.
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Surface finish for 3D printed mold tooling has a direct effect on the pull-out force needed to remove the final part. Why molders should consider tool roughness along with geometry and materials.
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The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.
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Fortify’s 3D printing and injection molding expertise saved Ventilator Project weeks and thousands of dollars as the nonprofit hurried to supply clinicians and hospitals at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.
The largest high-pressure die cast tool builder in North America is 3D printing die inserts and water jackets for major automakers. It’s a tough sell, but one company is succeeding — and it’s just getting started.
In this week's update we discuss how additive manufacturing is supporting injection molding for masks, and ramping up to production quantities of face shields and testing swabs.
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RAPID 2020: Hoosier Pattern offers the use of 3D printing sand molds and cores that enable users to design and print geometrically intricate designs straight from a CAD file without sacrificing valuable costs and resources.
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory and AddUp have partnered to further additive moldmaking technology for tooling applications.