Quick Quotes | Phone | Location | Email

Industrial Pattern and Tool Making

Reduce Tooling Costs and Lead Times While Improving Quality

 

Types of Available Tooling and Parts:

Epoxy and Silicone Molds

 

  • Tooling in days, not months
  • Reduces investment costs for short run production
  • Lower material costs than 3D Printing
  • Reusable tooling allows for many castings
  • Many available casting materials, including:  Urethane, epoxy, polyester, medical and food grade resins, plaster, and many other resins and composite materials
 

Injection Molds and Inserts

 

  • Injection mold tooling in days to weeks, not months
  • Very inexpensive part cost
  • Tool life from 10k+ unit from prototype tooling to hundreds of thousands of units from production tooling
  • Top quality aesthetic finish and mechanical properties compared to other Rapid Prototype technologies
 
sand-casting-aluminum-steel-bronze-tooling.jpg

Sand Casting Patterns

 

  • Least expensive way to fabricate quantities of small to large metal parts
  • Typical materials are aluminum, bronze, zinc and steel
  • Tooling can be produced in less than 1 - 2 weeks and cost a fraction of traditional methods
  • Capable suppliers of core boxes, follow boards, gates and risers and other necessary sand cast tooling
 
investment-casting-rubber-tooling-steel-aluminum-bronze-burnout-pattern.jpg

Investment Cast Patterns, Molds and Waxes

 

  • Highest quality of finish of all casting methods
  • Typical materials include aluminum, bronze and steel
  • Available tooling includes: master patterns, silicone rubber molds, and wax burnout patterns
  • Can direct print one-off or small batches of direct burnout patterns without investing wax tooling
 

Vacuum and Thermoform Tooling

 

  • Heavy gauge production plastics available like ABS, Polyethylene, Polystyrene and Polycarbonate
  • Light gauge packaging plastics available like PET and Polystyrene
  • Can form parts up to 12 feet long
  • Prototype tooling available in as little as a couple of days
  • Production tooling is good for over 100,000 forms and is porous for highest part quality
 
carbon-fiber-tooling-disolve-core.jpg

Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Other Composite Tools

 

  • Decrease tooling and mold lead time compared to traditional methods
  • Increase complexity of design without increasing cost
  • Soluble cores available for hollow parts
  • Waxed finishes available for easy de-molding
  • Save money on prototype and production tools
 
sheet-metal-stamping-tooling.jpg

Sheet Metal Stamping and Forming Tools

 

  • Very low cost tooling for small batches of sheet metal parts
  • Male and female tooling available for traditional two die stamping as well as single die hydro-forming
  • Tools delivered in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods
  • Inexpensive and durable composite tooling available as castings from patterns
 

Robotic Arm End Effectors

 

  • Custom tooling that fits any part with complex internal geometries like vacuum channels
  • Reduce weight, inertia and material waste during fabrication
  • Simplified designs are easier to engineer, manufacture and assemble - cutting down on cost and time for tooling fabrication
  • Improve tool life by cutting down on breakable components
 

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 good for thousands or even tens of thousands of molds
  • Tools can be turned around in days instead of weeks
  • Tools can be used as patterns to make tooling for multiple lines or facillities
 
3d-printed-clamps-jigs-fixtures-tooling.jpg

Custom Jigs, Clamps, Fixtures and Other Tooling

 

  • Most miscellaneous tooling can be fabricated rapidly and for less cost using additive manufacturing
  • Use existing CAD data for the part to design mating tooling
  • Quickly test for geometric conformity or hold parts for post operations or inspection