Tooling Development

2020-05-03 09:51:14

Uprise 3D | An lower-cost and office-friendly end-to-end metal 3D printing solution


The process of tool-making is expensive and time-consuming. It can be tedious due to complex geometries and part requirements, and it might involve the assembly of multiple parts. In-house metal 3D printing makes it possible to produce tooling faster, cheaper, and on-demand.


Tooling is a general term for components used in various manufacturing processes—including injection molding, extrusion, stamping, casting, cutting, and assembly. A single tooling mechanism may consist of several complex parts, and the production of tooling can be a complicated process that is both time-consuming and expensive.


The process of tool-making is expensive and time-consuming. It can be tedious due to complex geometries and part requirements, and it might involve the assembly of multiple parts. If a tool breaks or the design changes, the entire production schedule can be delayed—or stopped completely—until a replacement part is available. 


It’s common for tooling components—such as mold cavity inserts, extrusion dies, end-effectors, stamps, and cutting inserts—to be produced in low volume, involve complex geometries, and require tool steels whose hardness makes them difficult to machine. Each of these factors can have a significant impact on overall production cost and lead time. In the automotive industry, for example, the production of tooling components can result in hundreds of millions of dollars spent and years added to the development timeline. Additionally, third-party tool-makers are limited by strict deadlines and leave little to no room for effective design iteration.


In-house metal 3D printing makes it possible to produce tooling faster and at a lower cost-per-part. With the Uprise 3D, manufacturers will be able to print in tool steels that are difficult to machine, allowing for prototyping in the same material used in final production.


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