The debate between 3d printed molds and aluminum molds has been going on for a long time, but there are some reasons why you would want to use one over the other. If the cost is something that you need to think about during the manufacturing process, then 3d printed molds are the way to go. The equipment that is required is much cheaper than aluminum. If you are looking to make many products quickly, the aluminum is the way to go.
- Printed mold compared to aluminum molding is much more cheaper.
- Aluminum molding can be much faster to producing many items.
- Somethings are better made with plastic and some are better made with aluminum.
“With 3D-printed molds, you’ll need to print, machine assemble, and test a new mold every 50 to 100 shots.”
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