Now creating molds will take less than a day with the help of 3D printing. Whale, a leading water and heating systems manufacturer for mobile applications has recently decreased the lead times for production of mold tools of injection for the prototype parts by 97 percent. This has been possible with the use of Stratasys 3D printing in its manufacturing process. The time and cost of producing metal tools has reduced significantly with 3D printing for this manufacturer.
Reduced Cost and Time
Jim Sargent, 3D Technical services at Whale, said that the company is using the Objet350 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer to 3D print mold tools of injection in less than a day. Not only the time has been reduced, but the cost has also reduced to a fraction of what was required to produce metal tools. He said that usually, the lead times for creating metal tools were between 4 to 5 weeks and the production costs were also high. This in turn caused a delay in the R&D process and in turn a delay in the overall launch of new products. Sargent added that now with the Object Connex 3D Printer the company can design their tools in the day, 3D print them during the night and check them the next day at morning. With such a short time it was possible to print a wide range of materials.
Digital ABS material of Stratasys
The molds are printed using Digital ABS material of Stratasys. It has specific properties for high temperature resistance, production of low volume parts and toughness. Whale also provides external customers with its Rapid Prototyping Service, which includes aerospace and automotive industries. The service produces 3D printed parts of different materials, using plastics like polypropylene glass-filled and polypropylene. s
3D Printing and the Future of Business
With reduced mold creation time as well as production cost, it is possible for businesses to bring their products to the market at a much faster rate than before. The Digital ABS tools of Stratasys will help companies to develop parts which can even be tested while they are in the prototype phase. Test iterations will thus be quicker and consequently product manufacturing will be faster. Businesses will thus have a higher success rate with faster production and delivery of products in the future, all because of 3D printing.
What about you?
Do you want to create your products at a faster rate? Have you used 3D printing yet? Are you going to try out the Digital ABS tools of Stratasys? Look forward to your views in the comments below.
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