It's been a long road to bring mold manufacturers to the point where they use 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to bring real value to their business, but it's finally taking hold. Hasco (Lüdenscheid, Germany), an innovative moldmaker with a global footprint, and Stratasys Ltd. (Eden Prairie, MN), a global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing systems, announced that Hasco has developed a rapid, cost-efficient method of producing low volumes of injection molded prototypes by integrating Stratasys 3D printing with its K3500 quick-change mold system. Using this innovative approach, molders can quickly change between inserts for different products, enabling them to cost-efficiently produce low volumes of injection molded parts for samples, prototypes and small production runs.
HascoHasco 3D prints the inserts in Stratasys' ultra-tough Digital ABS material using the Objet 500 Connex multi-material 3D production system. With a 3D printed mold insert taking only hours to produce, molders can make design modifications to the product at a fraction of the time and cost of conventional tooling methods.