On Low volume prototypes what we do is build mold cavities using the 3D Keltool process, find out more at (www.3dsystems.com)or our web site (www.fusionrpt.com). These are steel cavities which we deliver in about 8-10 days. We then drill a sprue hole into the cavities and place them into a small plunger type manual molding machine. The piece part price for a 1000 parts will be a little higher than if a complete mold were built and ran automatic. Of course the cavities can always be fitted into a moldbase at a later date and the mold can be upgraded to a full mold once the volume warrants.
Can anyone suggest a cost effective solution to prototype a auto
component and then take it through a vacuum casting system or anything
else that would give a mould to shoot out atleast a 1000 plastics parts.
This client visited Euromold and was told this can be done, by using
certain very hard epoxy molds which can give even a million parts.
Leading Edge Marketing Services, India
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