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May 3, 2021

Why do I recommend you to use 3D printing technology to make molds?

Why do I recommend you to use 3D printing technology to make molds?

1, 3D printing can meet any complex geometry mold manufacturing

As long as there are 3D digital models, including any CAD drawings such as CATIA, UG, CREO, etc., which are converted into STL files, 3D printing technology is very handy for printing high-precision models, eliminating the process of manufacturing tools and fixtures, and directly processing products. The production process is difficult to solve the problem, and also saves materials and shortens the time. According to professional statistics, the cost of new product development is reduced to 1/3-1/5 of the traditional method. Use a 3D printer to print out the mold components designed by the CAD software, and further verify the rationality of the structure through actual assembly, which facilitates the discussion and adjustment of the precision, craftsmanship and service life of the mold making.

2, 3D printing can significantly save product and mold trial production time

For small molds, the cost and cycle are not easy to satisfy customers. For some consumer electronic products, the market cycle seriously affects product profits. The use of 3D printing to develop molds is extremely cost-effective. The production time only depends on the size and complexity of the object. A 3D printer can produce a part or a silicone mold verification product within 2 to 24 hours, which is definitely ahead of injection and stamping molds. 3D printing is especially suitable for verification testing of appearance and assembly. If you are not satisfied with the previous design, you only need to adjust the STL file and 3D print again, which can speed up the production of the model and make the design iterate quickly. In addition, the use of 3D printing to produce small batches of new products to explore the market, and the use of 3D printing to replace some accessories can also save a mold development cost.

3, When producing a single mold, 3D printing can provide the highest quality standards

For example, the final product is a silicone product. When a 3D printing mold is used, silicon will not interfere with the plastic mold or cause a chemical reaction. The only thing to pay attention to is the melting point of the plastic. Some materials even have heat resistance, making them ideal for 3D printing molds. The surface of silicone parts can be very smooth and have a lot of detail. The 3D printing mold is also very strong and can be used multiple times easily, which is a high-quality solution to improve the production process.

Casting is a popular method of making molds, and now 3D printing can be used to make metal parts produced by sand molds. When using 3D printing in this scenario, the printed model surface effect will be very fine, and the precise shape of the design will be left in the sand to make precise metal products.

 

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