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3D Printed Tooling

Testing a new design before costly tooling is created can save companies time and money. For many years, the only process available to create injection molded parts for testing and design verification was to “soft-tool” using machined aluminum. The cost involved in producing machined aluminum tools and the typical lead-times involved are often expensive and can take many weeks.
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Until recently, using stereolithography (SLA), a type of 3D Printing, for design verification and product certification was difficult as the resulting parts were made of a different material from the final injection molded plastic. With the introduction of composite materials, engineers can now use stereolithography’s quick and accurate technology to rapidly create molds which are capable of producing real injection molded parts that can reduce cost and time in the product development cycle.

Explore our product portfolio or contact one of our team members to find the perfect solution for your 3D printed tooling needs.


Case Study: Unparalleled Performance

While under extreme pressure to help their customers successfully design, develop and test products faster, MGS Mfg. Group faced a large challenge. Read the story of how MGS Mfg. Group was able to achieve this, and more, with the help of Somos® PerFORM:

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