The first step to make a successful injection molded part is the developing of the mold. During these steps, the set-up of the production mold will be taken into account as much as possible.
The mold is designed to fit one of the existing mold-frames of Formal. After the set-up the mold will be prepared for 3D printing.
3D printing the mold
The mold is then 3D printed using a MSLA 3D printer. Formal uses a machine which can deliver very accurate and high resolution 3D prints in a short time period. Sometimes even within 4 hours, depending on the size of the mold.
With the material Formal uses, the molds can withstand temperatures of around 325°C, enough for common materials.
When the mold is completed and fit into the frame the injection molding proces can begin. This is done on an injection molding machine developed bij Formal especially fit to this purpose.
Depending on the complexity and the required tolerances of the product, the mold can produce 10-500 pieces per cavity. In this way an injection molded product can be produced to test and validatie requirements of the product with the same material and proces of the at the end used production proces.
Advantages of a 3D printed mold
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Mold lead time
of 1 or 2 days