3D printing makes it possible to create complex equipment which may be used for smelting, injection molding and vacuum casting, within short periods of time. In addition to reducing production costs, 11the 3D printing process also ensures a considerable amount of time is saved during the production of objects with complex shapes in small quantities.
##The manufacture of smelting molds 3D printers may be used to create complex molds for use in centrifugal casting within short periods of time, using one of the following four materials according to your requirements: Plaster, primecast, wax and sand.
##Plastic injection molds These molds can be made using 3D printers within a few hours at controlled prices and used in plastic injection molding. Each mold is capable of creating between 100 and 200 objects using this technique.
##Thermoforming Using 3D printing, it is possible for you to replace aluminium molds with those produced by 3D printers in groups of under a thousand. Te materials used in the manufacture of Thermoforming molds are perfectly adapted to your thermoformer and do not break during pre-production or the production of small batches.
##Silicon molds Silicon molds made from an original model created by 3D printing ((stereolithography)) or processing, can be used to create objects through silicon casting of their original model. It is possible to create between 1 and 1000 objects using a wide range of materials at lower costs than are required for standard manufacturing. Thermoforming requires polyurethanes which may be either flexible or rigid and may also be dyed, providing an enhanced level of detail.
##Jig and gauges Jigs and gauges can be made using 3D printers to maintain the effectiveness and the quality of the production process.