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3D Printing - Manufacturing-Tooling Solutions 

Manufacturing tooling parts is a solution which our production series 3D printers can build in production-grade thermoplastics, which include high performance engineering materials, such as ULTEM  9085. There are two 3D Printing technologies, which are used for manufacturing tooling solutions; FDM (fused deposition modeling) and Polyjet 3D printing. 

FDM allows you to produce jigs, fixtures and tool masters and our FDM 3D printers are even capable of low volume production tooling, which can be created in house in a matter of hours or a few days. Polyjet technology is used to produce fine detailed tool masters allowing for smooth surfaces without having to apply any finishing techniques to your prototype. 


How it works 

3D Printing - Manufacturing Tooling solutions are created with our 3D printers for the purpose of saving you time without having to order tools, which take long processing and delivery times. You may create tooling systems in-house or may outsource to a manufacturing facility, which carries 3D printers, such as Proto3000. 

Once you send your CAD files to our 3D Printing Services Team or have our 3D Engineering Team create an .STL file for you, we send the processing job to our 3D printers for fast and cost effective 3D printing. Once the 3D printing job is finished, our services team is able to perform finishing touches to your tools, such as sanding, painting or even dying your parts. Once we have the finished tools we will contact your for pick-up or delivery. 


The Proto3000 Advantage 

"Low volume production tooling means you can create prototypes from the same process and materials that you'll use for the final product, and bring new products to market while you wait for the final tooling to arrive from the machine shop"
- Stratasys Manufacturing-Tooling Solutions Page 

Having your Manufacturing-Tooling projects created at our manufacturing platform will provide you with excellent customer service, prompt work and unparalleled quality designs. Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686). 


The following Manufacturing-Tooling Solutions are offered by Proto3000: 

Blow Molding is a manufacturing process, which creates hollow plastic parts (see image). Blow molding is a rapid and cost effective solution; however, once the prototype is finished, if the measurements are not precise, the smallest imperfection may create a faulty product and the project has to be recreated or scrapped. 

Proto3000 offers the solution of creating prototypes of blow molding products, prior to production. The prototyping process enables designers to have valid parameters and perfect designs prior to mass production. 

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Fiber Layup is the process of creating reinforced plastics as a group of composite materials consisting of a polymer matrix reinforced with fibers. Once combined together, they form a new material with physical properties, whose material acts as an agent to attract particles to stick together. 

Such materials are used in industries, such as aerospace, automotive, sporting goods and even consumer goods, because their strength exceeds of any other known material. 

Polyjet and FDM 3D printing technologies are both adequate for creating fiber layup, when your production volume is low, parts are customized and constantly changing and large, intricate details are required for a mold or core product. 

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. If you want to speak to a LIVE PERSON - CALL 1-888-88-PROTO (77686).

Injection Molding is a quick, automated and versatile manufacturing process, which produces precise and complex 3D parts from a fraction of a gram parts to more than a hundred kilogram products using any plastic material. 

Here is how it works: the process involves feeding small plastic beads into a heated screw and barrel system, which melts into a high viscosity liquid. The screw forces the molten plastic into a closed mold, which provides shape, cooling and solidification. Once it is finished, the part is ejected. 

The problem with injection molding is that it is ideal only for mass production and the process is extremely costly. A solution to the issue is created by 3D printing technology called additive manufacturing. A printed injection molding tool can be created in a cost effective and fast manner, which is ready to inject in only a few hours. This allows for any design changes, which can be corrected the same day and installed as a fresh tool for a mass production process. 

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Investment Casting is also called "lost wax casting" is a process, in which a master pattern (traditionally made of wax) is covered with ceramic slurry. For this process injection molding is the commonly used solution. The wax melts out of the pre-heated ceramic shell before molten metal is poured into it. After it is cooled, the ceramic is vibrated and blasted from the metal casting. 

The issue with this process is that it is costly and is a time sensitive application. To avoid spending on unnecessary expenditures, FDM technology is an alternative method as an additive manufacturing process, which simulates investment casting without high costs and leaves room for error, which can be easily corrected during the prototyping phase. 

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Jigs and Fixtures 

The manufacturing process sometimes relies on tools, including jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges to maintain high quality and production efficiency while creating parts. 

Jigs and fixtures, as manufacturing tools are used to assemble and align, test and calibrate, clamp and hold components at all stages of a manufacturing process. 

These manufacturing tools are mostly created from materials, such as metal, wood or plastic. Take advantage of Polyjet or FDM technologies to create jigs and fixtures on a 3D printer. Since there are limitations when creating wooden or metal parts, trust the Proto3000 Services team to order 3D printed jigs and fixtures for your next project. You will be able to time and money while you may focus on another project. 

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Modular Fixtures 

3D Printed modular fixtures are becoming more popular among manufacturers and prototyping firms due to their sturdy and versatile build-up. 

Modular fixtures can be 3D printed into one solid form or different parts which can be easily assembled or dismantled.

Since modular fixtures are usually created for one-time use to hold work pieces during machining or position parts when they are being bonded or assembled, why not save on processing time and production costs by 3D printing your modular fixtures? Since a modular fixture is to be disposed after a one-time usage, creating a prototype through a 3D printing application is the best solution for the best ROI. 

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Molded Fiber is also called molded paper pulp, which has been used since the 1930s for containers and for other packaging applications. Once plastic and foam packaging applications were introduced in the 1970s, molded fiber manufacturing started to decline. 

Molded fiber production is on the rise once more, due to an environmentally friendly mindset, and consumers will see cardboard boxes used as packaging materials more frequently on product shelves. 

Molded pulp packaging tools are usually made by machining a metal tool in the shape of a mirror image of the finished package. Holes are drilled through the tool and the screen is attached to the surface. 

FDM technology is introduced at this point as an alternative method for producing molded pulp tooling, for cost effective and time saving reasons; however, the most important reason for using FDM technology is to enhance the appearance of the finished product. Since a packaging has to be aesthetically pleasing and attractive in the eyes of the customers, manufacturers of products use FDM technologies to create precise and highly detailed tools. 

Contact the Proto3000 Services Team for further information on how we can help you with this solution. 
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RTV Molding or room temperature vulcanization is a process which is used as a functional prototyping or testing process for product demonstrations or artistic modeling. 

Process of creating RTV molds takes time and the material used is costly, not to mention the process involves left-over material (waste) and can be an unpleasant and messy procedure. 

Use Polyjet or FDM technologies to create molds prior to mass production, which is fast, cost effective, extremely precise and will leave no mess or excess material behind. 

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Thermoforming is the collection of manufacturing methods that heat and form sheets of extruded plastic. Thermoforming is mainly used in the packaging industry (see image). 

The 3D printing process can eliminate much of the time and labour that is associated with machining thermoforming or vaccum-forming tools. As opposed to thermoforming, a 3D printing process does not require constant attention during the manufacturing process since it is automated and a 3D printer can be left unattended. After the designing of a thermoforming tool is created, the construction of the tool can immediately being, without having to wait for materials to be delivered for a thermoforming application. 

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The Technology Used for Manufacturing - Tooling Solutions  

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology 

Using FDM technology allows affordability and durability by printing concept models with production-grade thermoplastics. 
FDM 3D Printers are office friendly and they produce small models in hours and large models in days. The FDM printed models can be drilled, sanded and painted according to your preference to create a perfect finishing of your prototype. 

     

PolyJet 3D Printing Technology

As a 3D printing process, this technology produces amazingly realistic models. The printing technology builds accurate models by incorporating multiple materials into one automated part to create prototypes that look and feel like finished products. With fine details, smooth surfaces, rigid housings, soft-touch buttons, lettering, rubberlike seals and even clear components, your models can look the part at a trade show, a presentation or even during a sales pitch. 

 

 

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