Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) combines the benefits of additive manufacturing and injection molding.
FIM is a three step process:
3D printing of single-use mold
Conventional injection molding
Removal of the mold material
FIM produces outstanding material properties on an additive platform by enabling the use of industry-standard injection molding feedstocks. These feedstocks are being processed exactly the same way as always, the only difference is the tooling applied.
The resulting part has the high quality of an injection molded part while also enjoying the design freedom and production speed of an additively manufactured part.