Why you should consider rapid injection tooling and low-volume molding services on your next project
Rapid tooling and low-volume molding services are one of the many solutions available to engineers and design experts to bring their products to life. As the industry continues to evolve, the demand for more and more modern techniques such as 3D printing and CNC machining has been on the rise. But does spell an end for services such as rapid tooling and molding? Definitely not, and today, we are going to tell you 5 great reasons why you should still consider rapid tooling and low molding manufacturing
What is molding and what is rapid injection tooling?
Molding as a process is relatively simple.
It usually involves a mold or hollow container to be filled by a shaping liquid or molten substance to make many copies of a single object. Because a mold can be employed in the production of large numbers of a single product, it has become one of the most commonly used manufacturing techniques.
Rapid tooling is an offshoot of the molding process. It combines additive technologies such as CNC machining and 3D printing to create new prototype molds in a significantly shorter duration. Today, both of these processes are carried out in conjunction with one another to meet up with both product quantity and delivery timelines
Advantages of rapid tooling and low-volume molding
Today’s manufacturing climate greatly demands speed and accuracy, and rapid tooling processes are able to deliver just that. Since rapid tooling is enhanced by the abilities of CNC machines to create detailed molds in very little time, the process can be used to create multiple parts of a product faster. This consequently impacts the availability of the product to meet demand and a faster entry into the market in the case of a new product.
Unlike traditional tooling, rapid tooling costs significantly lesser to run. This is chiefly due to the presence of 3D printers and computer machines that automate the process and avoid the need for multiple operators, traditional tooling and other overhead costs. The cost-savings of rapid tooling is enjoyable on even low-volume manufacturing projects, where customers can get to make decent volumes of their design to correct faults and run tests before mass production. Lastly, mold requirements for low-volume production is usually high-quality aluminum, which is easier and cheaper to machine than hardened steel
Detail and accuracy
We already know about the extreme accuracy of computer and robot systems. As digital manufacturing is an active part of the process, many designers are able to attain perfection in detail and accuracy using CAD to create molds in a digital file. Computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM) also allows for more tolerances to be achieved, optimizing the cooling channels and implementing quicker corrections on subsequent molds.
Rapid tooling can be applied to a diverse array of materials while still producing results that are perfect and within specifications. This can help may product designers that are not certain of the finish or ideal configurations for their product by allowing them make smaller volumes of a single product from different materials, geometry or finish.
If you will only need so much parts to meet your immediate market demands, rapid tooling and low-volume molding is a perfect way to go and get your products to the market faster and cheaper.
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