Rapid Prototyping With 3D Printed Injection Molds

What is 3D printing?

3D printing is commonly used by businesses to create prototype parts for the detection of issues in a part’s form, fit, or function. Yet 3D printing cannot always provide a complete assessment of a part’s functional performance because 3D material properties may be different than those used in injection molding. With the help of Stratasys 3D Polyjet technology, we can now print an injection mold that fits in our standard injection molding machine.

Benefits:

Lead Time Reduction

Average Lead Time Savings: 70%-90%

Cost Reduction

Average Cost Savings 50-70%

Spec Resins 

Functional evaluation with production plastics

Early Confirmation 

Validate part performance and tool design -Validate thermoplastic selection

Hilco Capabilities

  • Current Maximum Part Size 10” x 13” out of 3D printed Plastic, Rapid Proto Aluminum 18” x 27”
  • Design, Print & Sample - All under one roof
  • We are continually learning more ways to use this new technology. If you have a part you’re not sure would fit in the build envelope, please send it over for our review. E-mail: kcochran@hilcotech.com

Material Selection and Tool Life:

When using PolyJet molds, both tool life and part quality will be dependent on the thermoplastic material used during the injection molding process. As melt temperature, viscosity, and abrasiveness rise; tool life will decline. Size, shape, complexity, tool design and material selection all play a large role in the success of PolyJet 3D Printed molds.

For more information please contact Kevin Cochran at: kcochran@hilcotech.com