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3D Printed Prototypes

FormTight is using the latest 3d printer technology to set a new standard in development costs and speed of new thermoformed projects. FormTight can quickly produce 3D printed molds as well as help guide you through the design and production process.

Advantages of 3D Printed Molds

  • Lower costs – 3D molds typically cost 20-30% less than conventional machine prototype molds
  • Faster speed – once the initial design is approved, the first parts are only days away
  • Easy Design Updates – if a change is needed we can modify existing molds or print a new mold

3D Printed Mold Part Quality

Printed molds will help your company develop new items quickly, and are great for fit, function, and proof of design. The parts formed from the printed molds will not have the clarity of a production machined aluminum mold. If your end customer can “understand” that in production the parts will have much better clarity, or if the prototypes are for your internal team, this process will work well. When your customer expects prototypes to be production quality, we can machine aluminum prototype molds that will provide production quality parts. See the picture below of a recent project’s progression from printed mold parts to production mold parts.

FormTight Generated Designs

FormTight’s designers will work with your company to design your new package or product. Our designers will use their extensive experience to help guide your company through the nuances of thermoforming.

  • Minimum draft angles needed
  • Stackablity / nestability
  • Material selection (type and thickness)
  • De-nesting lugs
  • Machinability
  • Efficient mold layouts and sizing

Accepted File Formats for 3D Molds

FormTight uses SolidWorks to interface with the printer, so any existing designs that are compatible with SolidWorks can be used to print with; X_T or IGES file types are preferred. Click here to see a full list of accepted file formats.

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