Injection moulding of prototypes —
fast prototypes made of original materials
3D tool design
Based on customer supplied data.
Formats: .STP, .IGS and .STL
3D tool design
Our work is based on the 3D data supplied by our customers in the formats .STP, .IGS and .STL.
Once an order has been placed and the final 3D data have been received, CAD/CAM programmes are used to design the tool.
Direct communication between our project managers and the customer allow us to include specific customer requests, such as the mould injection point and ejector positioning, surface properties and more.
In the design, our project leaders pay attention to the release properties of the contours. Undercuts are created with the aid of sliders or feeders.
Manufactured using HSC high-precision milling centres
At site tool construction
CNC machines mill the tool contours (without chemical coolants) out of raw parts made of aluminium or brass.
Spindle speeds of up to 60,000 rpm allow the fabrication of sophisticated contours. The smallest available milling cutter diameter is 0.3 mm.
Our machine capacity:
- 13 CNC machining centres
The entire assembly process for setting up the tool halves is performed in the in-house tool fabrication department. During that process, the 3D design data are available as assembly instructions.
Sampling on our own series injection moulding machines
(35-ton to 150-ton Demag units)
The tool is set up to the injection moulding machine and heated to the correct temperature. The injection moulding process starts when the two halves of the tool are closed. Granular plastic which is melted in the machine flows under high pressure through the spiral and the feed channel into the mould cavity. Here, the shape and surface structure of the prototype is defined. After a short cooling period (10 — 20 seconds) the machine separates the tool halves and ejects the finished prototype.
Our machinery line-up
- 35-ton Demag Extra 35-80 EcQ injection moulding machine
- 50-ton Demag Extra 50-310 EcQ injection moulding machine
- 150-ton Demag Extra 150-600 EcQ injection moulding machine
- 60 t ARBURG Allrounder 370 E 600 kN
- 70 t ARBURG Allrounder 370 S 700 kN
- 200 t ARBURG Allrounder 570 E 2000 kN
Possible mould sizes
Injection moulded parts with a surface area ranging from a few square mm up to a maximum size of 200 x 300 mm and with weights ranging from a few mg to around 325 g can be manufactured on the machines we have available.
We use all technical thermoplastics which are ready-to-use (e. g. coloured, glass fibre or mineral reinforced) and processed unchanged in the machines.
Types of plastic are e.g. PC, PMMA, PA, ABS, POM, PS, PPS, PP, PE, PBT, TPE.
The benefits for you
- Cost-effective production of high-quality injection moulded parts
- Advanced prototypes and pre-production models
- Backup tools
- Tool changes can be implemented quickly and easily
- Gain experiences to plan your large-scale production tools
- Shortening of series tool development times