In order to achieve rapid results, there are some necessary limitations to the kinds of tools and parts that can be made using this approach. These limitations don’t mean you get an inferior tool. Rather, we simplify the development process in order to achieve the shortest possible production lead time at the least expense.
Rapid tools are two-piece molds, with at most two cavities per mold. This means there are no extra sliders or hand-loaded inserts.
The geometries must be relatively simple, not requiring sophisticated gate/runner systems or complex cooling channels.
Simple geometries allow for basic ejector pin strategies.
Simple geometries don’t require expensive MoldFlow analysis.
Rapid tools have as-machined surfaces, with minimal polishing or bead blasting.
Only the inserts are machined. They’re designed to fit into standard mold bases for ease of manufacturing and to reduce material usage.
Cooling circuits use standard cold runners, not hot runners.
Tools are machined to DIN-27681-fine standards.
There may be other minor limitations depending on the project. We review every design in advance to ensure it meets our criteria for rapid production tooling.
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