3D Printer Shortens Injection Mold Lead Times

The Objet350 Connex multi-material 3D printer from Stratasys can be used to produce injection molds for prototype parts, and one manufacturer said doing so has enabled it to slash its overall tooling production lead times by as much as 97 percent.

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The Objet350 Connex multi-material 3D printer from Stratasys can be used to produce injection molds for prototype parts, and one manufacturer said doing so has enabled it to slash its overall tooling production lead times by as much as 97 percent.

Whale, a manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, says it can design the tools during the day, 3D-print them overnight and test them the next morning. The injection molds are printed using Stratasys’ Digital ABS material, and the printer also is capable of printing other plastics such as polypropylene and glass-filled polypropylene.
 

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