Tooling Development

Learn how composite and metal 3D printing can be used to accelerate tooling development for mass production.
Less skilled labor spent on non revenue-generating parts.
Geometric complexity with less added cost.
Faster iteration brings tooling to production sooner.

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Tooling Development

Humanetics Innovative SolutionsThermoset Mold

Thermoset Mold

Humanetics Innovative Solutions
Humanetics uses its Markforged X7 3D printer to fabricate production thermoset molds for parts on their crash test dummies.
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3D Printing in Tooling Development

The process of designing, prototyping, and fabricating tools for production can be the most expensive and time-consuming portion of the product development cycle. Depending on the complexity of the tool, lead times can be weeks to months and costs soar into the tens of thousands of dollars. As a result, the iteration process can be tedious; any changes to a tool may delay production by months and gouge the budget even further. Fortunately, advances in high-strength 3D printing have brought forth viable solutions.

First, 3D printing offers a way to prototype and iterate tooling designs before they go into final production, reducing costs and compressing the development time by an order of magnitude. Secondly, many tools themselves can be 3D printed out of composites or metals, simplifying the process even further. Having the ability to print thermoset molds, injection molds, inserts, cores, and other tooling removes the need for CAM, allows for more complex part design without fear of escalating cost, and frees up valuable machine shop resources.

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Introducing H13 Tool Steel
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Using Composites and Metals Together
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3D Printing Crash Test Dummies
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Centerline Engineering Solutions
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