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Industrial Pattern and Tool Making Increase Speed-to-Market, Reduce Costs, and Improve Quality

Rapid Silicone Molds

Epoxy and Silicone Molds

  • Numerous casting materials available, including Urethane, epoxy, polyester, medical- and food-grade resins, plaster, and many other resins and composite materials.

  • Receive tooling within days, not months.

  • Reduces costs associated with short-run productions.

  • Reusable tooling ideal for sustainability and producing multiple castings.

  • Material costs are lower than 3D printing.

Injection Mold Tool

Injection Molds and Inserts

  • Very inexpensive costs surrounding parts.

  • Injection mold tooling delivered within days or weeks in lieu of months.

  • Very inexpensive costs surrounding parts.

  • Top-quality aesthetic finish and mechanical properties compared to other rapid prototype technologies.

  • Long tool life: over ten thousand units for prototype tooling, hundreds of thousands of units for production tooling.


Sand Casting Patterns

  • The least expensive way to fabricate small quantities of small to large metal parts.

  • Tooling can be produced in less than 1-2 weeks at a fraction of the price of traditional methods.

  • Typical materials used include aluminum, bronze, zinc and steel.

  • Capable suppliers of core boxes, follow boards, gates and risers and other necessary sand cast tooling.

Investment Cast Patterns Molds

Investment Cast Patterns, Molds and Waxes

  • Produces the highest quality finish of all casting methods available.

  • Typical materials include aluminum, bronze and steel.

  • Able to print one-off or small batches of direct burnout patterns without investing in wax tooling.

  • Available tooling includes master patterns, silicone rubber molds and wax burnout patterns.

Thermoforming Vacuum Forming Tooling

Vacuum and Thermoform Tooling

  • Prototype tooling available in as little as 5 days.

  • Production tooling is good for over 100,000 forms and is porous for superior part quality.

  • Able to construct parts up to 12 feet in length.

  • Heavy gauge production plastics available, such as ABS, Polyethylene, Polystyrene and Polycarbonate.

  • Light gauge packaging plastics like PET and Polystyrene are available.


Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Other Composite Tools

  • Reduced tooling and mold lead time compared with traditional methods.

  • Increase complexity of design without inflating cost.

  • Cost-savings on both prototype and production tools.

  • Waxed finishes available for easy de-molding.

  • Soluble cores are available for hollow parts.

Tooling Rapid Printing Portland

Sheet Metal Stamping and Forming Tools

  • Minimal cost tooling for small batches of sheet metal parts.

  • Tools delivered in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

  • Male and female tooling available for traditional two-die stamping as well as single-die hydro-forming.

  • Inexpensive and durable composite tooling available as castings from patterns.

Robotic 3D Print Tooling

Robotic Arm End Effectors

  • Custom tooling that fits any part with complex internal geometries like vacuum channels.

  • Simplified designs are easier to engineer, manufacture and assemble, cutting down on cost and time for tooling fabrication.

  • Reduce weight, inertia and material waste during fabrication.

  • Improve tool life by cutting down on breakable components.

Molded Packaging Tools

Molded Paper Pulp Packaging Tools

  • Get high-accuracy tooling for a fraction of the cost of machined tools.

  • Prototype tooling can also be used as permanent tooling for thousands or even tens of thousands of molds.

  • Tools can be used as patterns to make tooling for multiple lines or facilities.

  • Tools can be turned around in days instead of weeks.

3D Printed Tooling

Custom Jigs, Clamps, Fixtures and Other Tooling

  • Most miscellaneous tooling can be fabricated rapidly at a lower cost using additive manufacturing.

  • Quickly test for geometric conformity or hold parts for post operations or inspection.

  • Able to use existing CAD data for the part to design mating tooling.