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Tooling Injection Molding

3D Printed
 Tooling and Injection Molding


3D printed tooling from FATHOM is a transformative technique that reduces the injection molding process timeline from months and weeks to days and hours.

Using 3D printing and other production methods, this process makes it possible to get functional, testable injection molded models, low-volume production parts, and iterative tool design faster than ever before.

In addition to 3D printed tooling, Injection Molding from FATHOM can deliver you thousands of repeatable parts at the low cost that comes from large scale production. With capabilities in-house and partners throughout the region, no production run is too large.

From just a few parts to hundreds of thousands, FATHOM gives you the fastest timelines possible for injection molding.

3D PRINTED
RESIN TOOL
Lead Time Part Quantity Minimum
Wall
Thickness
Maximum Parting
Line Mismatch
Maximum Flash Tolerances
Linear
Dimensions
Part
Color

  • TPE (Enflex S3060A)
  • ABS (POLYLAC PA-747)
  • PP (Hypro PP-HP 20)
  • PC-ABS (Hybrid S466)
  • Nylon 66 (Vydyne 21SPF)
2-6 days 15 -100 Shots 1mm* 0.25mm 0.5mm ±0.01 + .007mm/mm

  • Natural
  • Compound
  • Customer-Resin
INJECTION
TOOLING
Lead Time Part
Quantity
Minimum
Wall
Thickness
Maximum Parting
Line Mismatch
Maximum Flash Tolerances
Linear
Dimensions
Part
Color
Part Finish
-Polish
Part Finish
-Texture
Rapid Tool
(Master Unit Die Base)
1.5 – 3 weeks 5,000 shots 1mm* 0.25mm 0.25mm ±.20 + 0.016mm/mm Pantone Colors B2 – A2 YES
Prototype Tool
(Stand Alone)
2-4 weeks 5,000 shots 1mm* 0.25mm 0.20mm ±.20 + 0.016mm/mm Pantone Colors B2 YES
Production Tool 5-8 weeks 250,000-500,000 Shots 1mm* 0.13mm 0.13mm SPI (commercial) Pantone Colors A1 YES

*Subject to review.


3D printed tooling makes the most sense when speed is critical or when part and tool designs needs to be tested before larger investment. Functional models and iterative tools can be used for testing impact resistance, chemical resistance, water intrusion, and flexural modulus.


3D printed tooling shaves months off the standard tooling process, allowing for dramatically faster production lead times. In addition, a 3D printed tool comes at a fraction of the cost of a traditional steel tool. The relative speed and low cost allow for tool designs to be tested and improved before large-scale production.

After the part has been verified for manufacturability with iterative testing and 3D printed tooling, the move to injection molding is much smoother.


Learn more about FATHOM's 3D Printed Tooling & Injection Molding services—start a conversation today!