Mould Making Integrating 3D printing into quick-change mould system
Combining one company’s longstanding reputation in mould making with another’s pioneering expertise in 3D printing has resulted in an innovative system that offers mould-makers flexibility to quickly produce and switch inserts.
Mould-maker Hasco has developed a rapid, cost-efficient method to produce low volumes of injection moulded prototypes by integrating Stratasys 3D printing with its K3500 quick-change mould system. Utilising this innovative approach promises moulders a way to quickly change between inserts for different products, enabling them to cost-effectively produce low volumes of injection- moulded parts for samples, prototypes and small production runs.
The inserts are printed in Stratasys’ ultra-tough digital ABS material using the Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D production system. With a 3D printed mould insert taking only hours to produce, design modifications to the product can be made in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of conventional tooling methods.
“With time-to-market cycles shorter than ever and production quantities dropping, our customers are now looking for solutions that enable them to deliver prototypes quickly and cost-effectively,” says Dirk Paulmann, executive vice president, sales and business development at Hasco.