Rapid Manufacturing: Not Just for Prototypes

On Demand Available until August 23, 2017

Prototyping processes such as 3D printing, CNC machining and forms of injection molding have been known to produce great prototypes in low quantities. The perception of these processes known as Rapid Manufacturing is that they are only valuable for prototyping.

This perception is inaccurate to the point that industries like medical and aerospace are utilizing 3D printing for difficult to manufacture components and when quantities that are low enough make them extremely economical for production. CNC has been used a lot more for production of metal components when other manufacturing methods don’t become economical. But probably one if the biggest advantages rapid manufacturing offers you is in low-volume injection molding of thermoplastic and Liquid Silicone Rubbers. Low-volume injection molds are able to be produced much more quickly and economically than traditional injection molds with little sacrifice for quality.

In this Webinar, we will discuss 3D printing and low-volume injection molding and how rapid manufacturing is changing the landscape of traditional manufacturing. We will look closely at each process as well as exactly how rapid manufacturing is done.

What you will learn: 

• Using 3D printing to build complex geometries that otherwise are impossible to manufacture 
• What types of 3D printing processes are well-suited for end-use production 
• How rapid manufacturing is accelerating product development and reducing risks 
• How your prototype injection mold can be used for more than just prototyping


Speaker:
Tony Holtz, Technical Specialist, Proto Labs

Tony Holtz is a technical specialist at Proto Labs, a digital manufacturing company specializing in quick-turn 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding. Holtz has been with Proto Labs for more than 10 years with roles ranging from CNC mill operator to mold designer to customer service engineer. While his formal education is in industrial machinery operations, he has extensive knowledge and experience in both traditional and advanced manufacturing processes and materials. Throughout his tenure at Proto Labs, Holtz has worked with countless designers, engineers and product developers to improve the manufacturability of their parts.


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  • Stereolithography (SLA)
  • Selective laser sintering (SLS)
  • Fused deposition modeling (FDM)
  • Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS)
  • CNC machining
  • Injection molding
  • Fit
  • Functionality
  • Material properties
  • Cosmetics
  • Manufacturability
  • Cost
  • Speed