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Will 3D Printing Supplant The Mould Industry?
Aug 23, 2018

Mould industry is one of the largest a span, it to every field and manufacturing In modern society, manufacturing and mold are highly dependent, numerous products of components are through molding (injection blow molding and silica gel) or mold (casting foundry and spinning) Whatever the application, manufacture of moulds can be in improving efficiency and profit at the same time ensure the quality of CNC machining is the most commonly used technology in the manufacture of moulds Although it can provide highly reliable results, but at the same time, it is very expensive and time consuming So a lot of mould manufacturing enterprise also began to look for more effective alternative By increasing material layer manufacturing mold has become a more attractive method, especially for mould typically belong to small batch production and shape is more complex, very suitable for 3 d printing to finish


At present,3D printing is widely used in the fields of model making, pallet and mold making. Although it is one of the most advanced technologies in this century, its real difficulties cannot be underestimated.Secondly, on the same price, will send a lot of 3 d printing compared to the traditional model of precision when the 3 d printing maturity and popularization, the impact will be formed in addition to the above two big disadvantage, 3 d printing materials to implement other materials - even if it is injection molding, the strength of a ductile performance in application at present, such as still has significant limitations so mould manufacturing can benefit from the 3 d printing?In fact, 3D printing technology can be used in the following aspects of mold manufacturing: (1) molding (blow molding LSR RTV EPS injection molding pulp mold soluble core fiberglass mold, etc.)(3) forming (hot forming, metal hydraulic forming, etc.)) (4) machining, assembly and inspection (fixed fixture mobile fixture modular fixture, etc.)) (5) the robot end-effector (clamping) has many advantages in making molds by 3D printing:1) mold production cycle shortened 3 d printing mold to shorten the product development cycle, and became the source of drive innovation in the past, due to take into account the need to invest a lot of money making new mould, the company will sometimes choose to delay or give up the design of the product update by reducing mold production preparation time, and make the design of the existing tools to update quickly, make the enterprise can afford to 3 d printing mold more frequent replacement cycle can make the mold design and improve it, keep up with the pace of product design cycleIn addition, some companies they bought 3 d printing equipment to manufacture of moulds, so as to further accelerate the speed of product development, improve the flexibility/adaptability on the strategy, it improved the royal prevent stagnation of extension and development of supply chain risk ability, such as from suppliers for inappropriate mold 2) manufacturing cost reduction if the metal of 3 d printing cost is higher than that of traditional metal manufacturing cost, cost cuts in the field of plastic products are easier to implement 3 d printing of metal mould on a littleDiscontinuous series production of end products have economic advantages (because fixed costs are difficult to amortize these products), or for certain geometry () for 3 d printing optimization more economic advantages, especially when the materials used are very expensive, and the traditional die manufacturing cause material scrap rate is very high under the condition of 3 d printing has a cost advantage in addition, 3 d printing in a few hours the ability to produce precision mould for manufacturing processes and profits have a positive impact, especially when production downtime and/or mold when inventory is very expensiveFrequently, after the start of production in the end, sometimes need to modify the mold 3 d printing flexibility enables engineers to try many times of iteration at the same time, and can reduce the upfront costs caused by mold design modification 3) mold design improvement for the terminal product added more functionality, usually metal 3 d printing special metallurgy method can improve the metal microscopic structure and produce fully dense print parts, and the forging or casting material (depending on the direction of heat treatment and testing) compared to its mechanical and physical properties of the same or better material manufacturing to engineers brought infinite choice to improve the design of the mouldWhen the target component is composed of several child widgets, 3 d printing with integrated design, and to reduce the number of parts ability thus simplify the product assembly process, and reduce the tolerance, moreover, it can integrate complex product functionality, high functional terminal products manufacturing defects, faster product less, for example, the overall quality of molded parts by injection materials and tooling/fixture cooling fluid flows through the influence of the heat transfer condition between if using traditional technology to create, to lead the channel is usually straight cooling material, thus slower in molded parts and uneven cooling effectAnd 3 d printing can achieve arbitrary shape of the cooling channels, to ensure the realization of conformal cooling, more optimize and even, eventually lead to higher quality parts and lower rejection rate in addition, the faster the heat removal significantly reduce the injection molding cycle, because in general the cooling time can account for 70% of the whole injection molding cycle 4) increased the minimum performance optimization tools more accord with human body engineering and 3 d printing reduces the validation of new tools (it can be solved in the process of manufacturing it fails to meet the requirements of the threshold, so that they can invest more in manufacturing mobile clamp and fixed itTraditionally, due to design and manufacture of them requires considerable expense and effort, so the design of the tool and the corresponding device always use a longer time as much as possible with the application of 3 d printing technology, the enterprise can at any time for any tools for renovation, but is not limited to those who have been scrapped and is not in conformity with the requirements of the tool due to very small time and initial cost, 3 d printing makes the tool was optimized in order to obtain better performance become more marginal economic and technical personnel can more consideration of ergonomics in the design, to improve its operating comfort to reduce processing time, and more convenient and easy to use, easy to storeAlthough this may just reduce the assembly operation time for a few seconds, but to hold many a mickle makes a muckle in addition to optimize the design of the tool, can also reduce the rejection rate of 5 parts) custom mould help achieve the final product customization shorter production cycle make more complex geometrical shape and the ability to reduce manufacturing cost finally, enables the enterprise to make a lot of personalized tools to support custom components manufacture 3 d printing mold highly customized production, such as medical equipment and medical industryIt can provide surgeons with personalized 3D printing devices, such as surgical guides and tools, so that they can improve the operation effect and reduce the operation time. Will 3D printing replace mold manufacturing?According to forward-looking industry research institute in 2015-2020 issued by the China 3 d printing industry potential market demand and investment analysis report, global market size of 3 d printing industry in 2010 to nearly $1.325 billion, that figure rose to $2011 in 1.714 billion, but by 2013 that figure directly soared to $4 billion, 2012 in 2.204 billion rose 81.49% year-on-year in the face of 3 d printing industry development trend, many people worry about 3 d printing will directly instead of die and mould industry