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From products manufacturing to surface treatment and final assembly

It's important to remember that 3D printing is a means to an end, so we always have to ask ourselves, based on what a client wants to achieve, what's the best path to take to get there.  Sometimes, the answer isn't 3D printing.  One alternative is vacuum casting or silicone molding (cast urethane)which is worth considering when you want:

It's important to remember that 3D printing is a means to an end, so we always have to ask ourselves, based on what a client wants to achieve, what's the best path to take to get there.  Sometimes, the answer isn't 3D printing.  One alternative is vacuum casting or silicone molding (cast urethane)which is worth considering when you want:

·         Low to medium part quantities - from 10s to 1000s

·         Production-quality finishes with the look and feel of injection-molded parts

·         To spend less -

            o   Typically lower unit costs than direct part printing

            o    Fraction of the tooling cost required for injection molding

·         To cut lead time from months to weeks for tooling compared to injection molding

·         To select:

            o    Food-grade and medical-grade materials

            o    Elastomers to rigid plastics ranging from 20A - 90D durometer

            o    Other materials such as silicone, plaster, concrete and other composites

·         To create electronics housings, gaskets, cosmetic parts, displays and low volume production


To see if this approach is suitable for your project, check out with our engineer, you will get feedback within 24 hours.


When Is Vacuum Casting Better than Injection Molding or 3D Printing?

2018-10-15
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