The patented Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process uses ultrafast Nexa3D printers and xMOLD resin to print injection molding tools that are compatible with thousands of off-the-shelf injection molding materials, including reinforced high-performance feedstocks. The ability to design, iterate, and validate using final grade production materials in hours versus weeks is invaluable in any product development process.
The FIM process produces fully soluble tools, enabling true design freedom and eliminating the need for time consuming design and gating considerations typically associated with conventional tooling process. You can quickly design and print tools for highly complex parts, inject with injection molding feedstock, and then dissolve away the tool to reveal the complex shape underneath.
“Freeform Injection Molding is a transformative technology that promotes rapid and cost-effective innovation. There are many invaluable benefits of FIM including complete design freedom, functional realism, extensive material options and final physical characteristics which enable advanced R&D capabilities without the traditional constraints.”
– Ky Layfield, Sr. Packaging Development Engineer, the Coca-Cola Company
How Does Freeform Injection Molding Work
CAD to Tool in Hours
Combining the speed and throughput of Nexa3D’s LSPc printers with the flexibility of xMOLD resin you can go from design to complex tooling in a matter of hours. Accelerate your design cycles, slash your R&D costs, and get to market faster with digital tooling from Nexa3D.
Wilson Case Study
With Nexa3D’s large print envelope and ultrafast LSPc process, the Wilson R&D group can now produce multiple parts at once, in a rapid manner, allowing for multiple design iterations in a single print batch.
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The Complete Desktop FIM Package
- XiP Desktop 3D Printer
- xWASH FiM & Wash+Cure
- APSX PIM Molding Unit
- xMOLD Resin (5kg)
- XiP Build Plate
- Evercare Service Plan (1 year)
- FREE—Mold Generator Software (1 year)
[Download] Design Guide for 3D Printed Tooling
Freeform injection molding combines the freedom of 3D printing with the reliability and mechanical performance of conventional injection molding. A complex tool is printed using a dissolvable xMOLD resin that is compatible with the actual molding feedstock to create prototypes and production parts in final grade plastics – within hours and at a fraction of conventional tooling costs. This comprehensive guide will walk you through all the design considerations and guidelines to optimize your 3D printed tool design.Download Now
Go from CAD to Production in Hours Instead of Weeks
Digital Tooling enabled by the xMOLD resin allows you to print real tools that are compatible with hundreds of actual injection molding materials. Print traditional molds for higher volume runs or dissolvable molds for ‘impossible’ geometries.
Skip the machine shop, just hit print and go.
Cut tooling costs by 96%
Iterate more frequently and quickly
Choose from hundreds of injectable materials
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