Prototypes in their final material
If you have a part to build, but the SLA resin does not have the features you require - a 3D-printed mold could be your answer. A resin mold is 3D printed and made to fit into a standard sized steel mold frame for injection molding. It is then able to be used inside a machine to mold parts from thermoplastic resins.
The benefits to this are many because you can see, feel, and test your part in its final material. It also provides valuable information about the moldability of the design and can aid in mold design when your part goes into production.
Bridging the gap between prototyping and production
When molding a prototype to be injection molded you might choose to build a bridge mold. Using a bridge mold for low volume part production is common. A 1 or 2 cavity mold can be designed, tested, and adjusted as necessary and with relatively lower costs. Bridge tooling is usually made to be as small as possible to reduce cost and with materials such as aluminum or 3D printed mold core and cavity, in anticipation of a more durable steel mold, possibly with multiple cavities when production begins.
Learn more about bridge molds and how we can help you go from prototype to production, contact us. We will answer your questions about this and other methods.