Prototype Tooling

By: CAD House cc  08-31-2010
Keywords: CNC, Injection Moulding, Plastic Injection

Using various soft tooling techniques, we can produce low volume production runs of prototype parts.
Models are created using a combination of CNC machining, 3D printing and manual model making techniques.  The models are then used for direct casting of soft tooling. Models are often made from wax, epoxies, wood or clay.
Moulds can be cast from a variety of materials, either flexible silicones and urethanes or rigid epoxy materials, depending on the application.
Functional prototypes can then be repetitively cast using various rigid or flexible materials. Materials can be coloured by adding pigment or painted. This is a very cost affective solution prior to the manufacture of expensive hard tooling.
Mold inserts can also be cast or machined from extremely tough materials which can be used in prototype tooling for injection moulding applications.

Keywords: 3D Modeling, 3d Modelling, 3D printing, CNC, Industrial Design, Injection Moulding, Plastic Injection, prototyping, rapid prototyping, Reverse engineering, Tooling Design