Industrial Pattern and Tool Making

Reduce tooling costs and lead times while improving quality.


Types of Available Tooling and Parts:

Epoxy and Silicone Molds

  • Get tooling in days, not months.

  • Reduces investment costs for short-run production.

  • Lower material costs than 3D printing.

  • Reusable tooling allows for many castings.

  • Many available casting materials, including: Urethane, epoxy, polyester, medical- and food-grade resins, plaster, and many other resins and composite materials.


Injection Molds and Inserts

  • Injection mold tooling in days or weeks, not months.

  • Very inexpensive part cost.

  • Long tool life: over ten thousand units for prototype tooling, hundreds of thousands of units for production tooling.

  • Top-quality aesthetic finish and mechanical properties compared to other rapid prototype technologies.


Sand Casting Patterns

  • The least expensive way to fabricate small quantities of small to large metal parts.

  • Typical materials are aluminum, bronze, zinc and steel.

  • Tooling can be produced in less than 1-2 weeks and costs a fraction of traditional methods.

  • Capable suppliers of core boxes, follow boards, gates and risers and other necessary sand cast tooling.


Investment Cast Patterns, Molds and Waxes

  • Highest quality finish of all casting methods.

  • Typical materials include aluminum, bronze and steel.

  • Available tooling includes: master patterns, silicone rubber molds and wax burnout patterns.

  • Able to print one-off or small batches of direct burnout patterns without investing wax tooling.


Vacuum and Thermoform Tooling

  • Heavy gauge production plastics available like ABS, Polyethylene, Polystyrene and Polycarbonate.

  • Light gauge packaging plastics available like PET and Polystyrene.

  • Able to form parts up to 12 feet long.

  • Prototype tooling available in as few as 2 days.

  • Production tooling is good for over 100,000 forms and is porous for superior part quality.


Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Other Composite Tools

  • Decrease tooling and mold lead time compared to traditional methods.

  • Increase complexity of design without increasing cost.

  • Soluble cores available for hollow parts.

  • Waxed finishes available for easy de-molding.

  • Save money on prototype and production tools.


Sheet Metal Stamping and Forming Tools

  • Very low-cost tooling for small batches of sheet metal parts.

  • Male and female tooling available for traditional two-die stamping as well as single-die hydro-forming.

  • Tools delivered in a fraction of the time compared to traditional methods.

  • Inexpensive and durable composite tooling available as castings from patterns.


Robotic Arm End Effectors

  • Custom tooling that fits any part with complex internal geometries like vacuum channels.

  • Reduce weight, inertia and material waste during fabrication.

  • Simplified designs are easier to engineer, manufacture and assemble, cutting down on cost and time for tooling fabrication.

  • Improve tool life by cutting down on breakable components.


Molded Paper Pulp Packaging Tools

  • Get high-accuracy tooling for a fraction of the cost of machined tools.

  • Prototype tooling can also be used as permanent tooling for thousands or even tens of thousands of molds.

  • Tools can be turned around in days instead of weeks.

  • Tools can be used as patterns to make tooling for multiple lines or facilities.


Custom Jigs, Clamps, Fixtures and Other Tooling

  • Most miscellaneous tooling can be fabricated rapidly and for less cost using additive manufacturing.

  • Able to use existing CAD data for the part to design mating tooling

  • Quickly test for geometric conformity or hold parts for post operations or inspection.