Unilever leverages advantages of 3D-printed injection molds for prototype parts


Using 3D printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) to create core and cavity sets is catching on in a big way among one of the large, multi-national consumer goods companies. The Italian division of Unilever has managed to cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys' PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process.

According to Stratasys' information, utilizing 3D-printed injection molding core/cavity sets, Unilever in Italy is now able to produce prototype parts in the final end-use material for functional and consumer tests significantly faster than traditional tooling methods.

Unilever, which owns brands such as Surf, Comfort, Hellmann's and Domestos, is using Stratasys Objet 500 Connex Multi-material 3D Production System to produce injection mold tools for its household care and laundry goods divisions, with a run of around 50 units for a wide variety of prototype parts such as bottle caps and closures and toilet rim blocks.

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