Cutting Time & Costs of Molds with 3D Printing
Molding is the process of manufacturing by shaping liquid or flexible raw material using a rigid frame called a mold. Plastic injection molding is one of the most commonly used manufacturing processes in
the world today (Source: Custom Part). However, traditional molding process requires high initial tooling cost, and engineers are often limited to many design restrictions.
Use 3D printing for mold making is a transformative technique that reduces the timeline from months and weeks to days and hours. In fact, replacing the machined pattern with 3D printed mold makes the
mold-making process shrink by 40% (Source: Zortrax).
Zortrax, a Polish manufacturer of 3D printers and filaments recently published a blog, in which shows you an overview and key benefits of using 3D printing in the process of industrial molding. A full step by
step process of preparing a master pattern for molding can be found here.
Key Benefits of 3D Printing in Modern Mold Making:
- Time & Cost Saving: Preparation of the master pattern is quicker and much cheaper compared to
traditional methods—time is reduced from 50% up to 80% while costs are lowered by 40%-75%.
- Fast Design Iteration: With 3D printing, each variation can be created within hours and alterations can
be made on the spot.
- Lower Capital Investment & Risks: Having a 3D printer makes the whole process less complicated as
one does not have to delegate creating the mold to other companies.
Click here to download the full PDF.