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Additive Manufacturing of Molds | Vat Photopolymerization Use Case

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

We were approached by a local company that sells valve covers to provide a manufacturing solution whereby they could reproduce the valve covers cheaper and more efficiently.

They are currently ordering the valve covers from a supplier. The problem is the supplier doesn't always have stock, and then they have to order it in from China, which can take a month or two. To overcome this, the company has to have enough stock for at least two months, which takes up a large portion of their store space.

OUR SOLUTION: Additive Manufacturing Casting Molds

Molds produced by Additive Manufacturing (specifically 3D printing using a vat photopolymerization technology - the Gizmo DLP resin 3D printers) With ten resin 3D printed molds, we can create 120 valve covers per hour. The company would usually require between 600 and 800 within 24 hours so we can meet their demand within 8 hours with just ten molds. The ultra-speeds at which Gizmo 3D Printers can print make this possible. After one week, we will be able to double our production just because we can print another ten molds in that week.

We plan to create 20 molds that we will use to produce 10 000 parts a month.

Polyurethane Valve cover produced using Additive Manufacturing of Molds

How Additive Manufacturing for Mold Making Works Out Cheaper

We can provide these parts for 50 cents less per set than what the company are currently buying them for from their supplier. At 10 000 sets, they will be saving AUD 5000!

How Additive Manufacturing for Mold Making is More Efficient

As we will be creating the products on demand, the company won't need much storage space.

One of the Best Additive Manufacturing Technologies Out There

The Gizmo 3D Printers are ideal for printing molds to mass manufacture parts quickly.

NEW Additive Manufacturing Materials

Our NEW Gizmo Quick resin can handle up to 300 degrees Celcius for up to 15 minutes. This means you can cast chemicals such as Polyurethane (requires around 50 °C to cast) and Polypropylene (requires about 160 °C to cast) with ease.

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