Cost Effective Tooling in Days

3D print cost-effective, high-temperature, custom tools in days — instead of the weeks or months required for traditional tooling processes. Whether your application requires reusable layup mold tooling or sacrificial tooling for complex, trapped-tool geometries, FDM simplifies the fabrication of composite parts while provided unparalleled design freedom. High temperature, cost effective tools can be produced in days, compared to the weeks or even months required for traditional tooling.

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Benefits of 3D Printing Composite Tooling

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Reduce Cost & Lead Times

Build tools in days versus weeks or months for traditional tooling with more than 90% cost savings.

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Produce Custom, Functional Designs

Tailor tool designs specifically to your application versus the “one size fits all” approach.

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Respond Quickly to Fluctuation in Demand

Transition from pre-production parts to production in days with a digital inventory of tool designs ready for build.

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Rapid Response Tooling

“Stratasys additive composite tooling solutions have allowed SSL to respond to design releases and changes with unprecedented speed at significantly reduced cost, without compromising part quality or performance.”

Although machining is a repeatable and reliable production method, the need for an operator and the subtractive nature of the process result in high costs, long lead times and significant material waste. FDM technology can address all of these pain points.

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An Alternative Approach to Composite Tooling

3D printing offers the capability to make composite tooling that’s lighter, faster to produce and easily adaptable to design changes.

3D printing offers the capability to make composite tooling that’s lighter, faster to produce and easily adaptable to design changes.

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3D Printing for Composite Tooling

In this design guideline, learn how to choose the appropriate FDM material, process your CAD file for optimal build results and necessary post-processing techniques.

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