Injection molding firm investigates quick-turn mold application, identifies 90% cost savings.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Built-Rite Tool & Die

Built-Rite Tool & Die is a mold-making and design firm in Massachusetts with expertise in precision mold manufacturing. They specialize in the production of molds for plastic injection molding. These molds have complex designs, requiring extensive planning and precise execution.

The Challenge

Small to mid-sized businesses like Built-Rite face increasing pressure from international and domestic competitors. Overseas manufacturers offer lower prices and domestic prototyping shops offer quick turnaround times for small quantities of parts. 3D-printing gives Built-Rite an opportunity to realize shorter lead times and reduced costs for quick-turn mold services when compared to domestic prototyping shops. The ability to iterate quickly is critical to winning project bids and for meeting tight deadlines.

For Built-Rite, the Studio System™ introduces the ability to make quick-turn mold assembly components with a process that is far less labor-intensive than other equipment in their machine shop and more cost competitive than a third-party prototyping firm. The Studio printer uses closed-cell infill to lightweight parts and minimizes material usage without impacting the wear resistance required for tooling applications.

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