Silicon mold for small production
Introduction to Rapid Prototyping
Tooling for short manufacturing runs
or low volume quantity production for your
custom made plastic parts by aluminum or P20
inserts or moulds.
WHAT IS POSSIBLE WITH RAPID TOOLING?;
We can make quick moulds within 4 weeks,
normally the lead-time for steel moulds,
hardened or unhardened are 6 to 8 weeks
respectively. In the western world this can be
With an aluminum mould or p20 low volume or
series of 1000-100.000 parts can be made.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF RAPID TOOLING?
The main advantages is a quicker lead time
compared to conventional hardened steel tooling,
which means you can introduce your product
earlier or test it in a market quicker than
Besides a quicker lead time , tooling cost are
usually lower than mass production injection
tools. To create these moulds, we don not have
to harden them, which can bring risks.
Not an advantage but neither a disadvantage is
that the plastic parts are exact the same as the
mass production plastic injected parts.
Other reasons to choose for Rapid Tooling:
a product with a shirt lifespan
testing mould or product structure before mass .
Sometimes other companies or technicians mention
Rapid tooling as a process to create a silicoen
mould/tool with the help of a rapid prototyped
model ( either SLA, SLS , FDM or a CNC
machined-model). We call this "soft tooling"