Ask the Expert: Fortify
In the final installment of the Ask the Expert Improving Operations series, Ben Arnold will share how advances in 3D printing are finally making 3D printed inserts a viable option for molding high performance materials
Justifying hard tooling costs for prototyping is challenging. Yet, skipping the prototype phase can cause even more time and money later on in rework. Tools that allow you to test with end use material is a critical step to meet production timelines.
3D printed tooling provides an on-demand solution at the fraction of the cost, giving you the ability to iterate and validate designs. Historically, polymer tools have fallen short of the task and not been able hold up to the rigors of the injection press. With new technological developments in 3D printing that allow the incorporation of additives in printed polymers, Fortify presents tools that are fiber-reinforced resulting in better strength, stiffness, and performance. This means more shots, in higher performance materials, and more complex geometries – giving you the tools to improve operations and bridge prototyping and production molding.
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