3D printed mould
3D printing is an emerging technology for cost effective rapid production of low volume tooling. Ultem 110 is a versatile 3D printed tooling solution that can be optimised through the mould design to be suitable for a variety of composite tooling applications.
3D printing can be an effective way to manufacture composite tooling. With materials like ULTEM 1010 the technology can be used for high temperature composite lay-up and repair tools as well as sacrificial tooling.
The 3D printing process generally has looser tolerances than the CNC milling process used in tooling board and CFRP mould manufacture. The nature of the process also results in a less glossy surface finish. However for the right job it means less material waste and can be done fast. Another option is 3D print the mould and then use CNC milling to reach the appropriate tolerance and surface quality.
3D printed moulds are suitable for the following processes.