Once you have a design agreed for your injection moulded item or product, the next step could be to create an injection mould prototype for testing purposes to prove the product. This can be achieved by either using a lower grade tool or through 3D printing.

AV Plastics offers an in-house 3D printing facility which allows rapid prototyping using 3D modelling. This will enable the product to come to market more quickly as, for example, you will be able can undertake fit and finish evaluation, undertake life testing, durability and reliability trials, and prove the assembly procedure quickly before commissioning the manufacture of the mould tool.

We can assist you with 3D printing / modelling and all other prototype injection moulding techniques. Please contact us and we will be happy to provide you with a quotation or any advice you require

We offer FDM 3D printing (as low as 0.075mm layer thickness) using ABS, PLA or Nylon.

FDM 3D Printer resolution human hair

FDM 3D printer resolution – note the human hair for scale (credit Jeremie Francois)

3D printing is a relatively new form of prototyping and is becoming more widespread and available. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, contact us for a quotation. Please refer to our document of acceptable file types.

From wikipedia:

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is an additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, prototyping, and production applications.

FDM works on an “additive” principle by laying down material in layers. A plastic filament or metal wire is unwound from a coil and supplies material to an extrusion nozzle which can turn the flow on and off. The nozzle is heated to melt the material and can be moved in both horizontal and vertical directions by a numerically controlled mechanism, directly controlled by a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software package. The model or part is produced by extruding small beads of thermoplastic material to form layers as the material hardens immediately after extrusion from the nozzle. Stepper motors or servo motors are typically employed to move the extrusion head.

The technology was developed by S. Scott Crump in the late 1980s and was commercialized in 1990.[1]

The term fused deposition modeling and its abbreviation to FDM are trademarked by Stratasys Inc. The exactly equivalent term, fused filament fabrication (FFF), was coined by the members of the RepRapproject to give a phrase that would be legally unconstrained in its use.

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