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- On the heels of acquiring Addifab and its Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process, Nexa3D inks a deal with Wilson Sporting Goods’ Acceleration Center to increase access to this innovative digital tooling process
- Wilson’s Acceleration Center is a foundational customer with extensive experience in leveraging FIM to accelerate innovation and reduce development costs
- The new collaboration offers Nexa3D customers the ability to test and qualify FIM before making any capital investments
Nexa3D, the ultrafast polymer 3D printing leader, announced today at Rapid + TCT 2023 a new project with Wilson Sporting Goods Co.’s Acceleration Center that will expand access to digital tooling solutions through combining the Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process and specialized xMOLD resin which can create functional molding tools compatible with thousands of injection molding materials.
See Nexa3D’s Digital Tooling at Rapid + TCT, Nexa3D booth 2712, from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 4, 2023.
In a deal finalized in March 2023, Nexa3D acquired its long-time partner Addifab, along with its Freeform Injection Molding process, which couples the design freedom of 3D printing with mechanical characteristics and performance of injection molding. The patented digital tooling process uses xMOLD resin to print injection molding tools that are compatible with thousands of off-the-shelf injection molding materials, unlocking the ability to design, iterate, and validate using final grade production materials.
“Because we can iterate so much quicker, our R&D team can afford to fail fast and innovate, bringing a higher level of creativity to the process,” said Glen Mason, Advanced Innovation Leader at Wilson Advanced Manufacturing. “On top of that, these tools are compatible with final production materials; the value of prototyping quickly and cost-effectively in final grade materials is a real game-changer here. We couldn’t be more excited to strengthen our working relationship with Nexa3D by expanding access to FIM within the product development and manufacturing community so they can take advantage of this revolutionary digital tooling process.”
The new capabilities give Nexa3D’s current and prospective customers the ability to benchmark and qualify the FIM digital tooling process before making any capital investments.
“We are pleased to see the benefits of FIM realized by the R&D team at Wilson and look forward to enabling other customers looking to qualify and integrate the process into their own product design and manufacturing workflow,” said Kevin McAlea, Chief Operating Officer at Nexa3D.
Additional information about the Freeform Injection Molding process and xMOLD resin is available on the Nexa3D website and in the media kit.