Our platform is specialized for injection mold tool making. High precision, tight tolerances, and unseen design freedom enabled by our unique dissolvable resins. The printers utilizing the platform are resin based and begin at 10µm resolution and general tolerances of 10-80µm on the injection molded component.
Freeform Injection Molding tools apply to any injection molding machine, with an injection pressure of up to 2500 bar and max melt temperature of 450°C (842°F). The molding tools are compatible with all conventional injection molding feedstock materials, such as composites, thermoplastics, thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), silicones (LSR), ceramics (CIM), and metals (MIM) - in shot sizes from 0.1g to 100g.
The essential enabler of Freeform Injection Molding is the soluble injection mold tools. Rather than ejecting the component from the injection mold tool as in conventional demolding, each injection mold tool dissolves to release the injection-molded part. This unique process gently submerges the filled injection mold tool in an alkaline-water solution for ~12-48 hours.
Prototype with your production material
Imagine being able to prototype with the materials you use for production and process on the same machines. Freeform Injection Molding gives you that.
The choice of materials is one of the most critical decisions faced during development. Freeform Injection Molding is the ideal prototyping platform. It supports the full range of injection molding feedstock, treats the materials the same way, and achieves the same isotropic material properties as conventional injection molding for accurate manufacturing grade testing.
A prototype in a different material made by a different process is simply look-a-like, and therefore it will not perform like the final product. Freeform Injection Molding is not look-a-like. It gives you components that are manufacturing grade with the exact material properties of the production part - ready for test and qualification.
Freeform Injection Molding gives you access to everything from any legacy materials to medical-grade materials to FDA-approved materials. In other words: all materials approved for injection molding are compatible with Freeform Injection Molding.
We are constantly striving to expand our interface by testing new materials. Reach out if interested in testing your material on an additive platform.
The ability to iterate swiftly is an essential requirement for a prototyping process. Conventional pilot tooling may be weeks or even months in the making, and modifications may be equally time-consuming. Freeform Injection Molding allows you to carry out multiple iterations, simultaneously.
You may go from CAD-file to molded component in a day. Add to that the fact that our molds are soluble, which means you skip the split-lines, in the beginning.
CAD to component in 24 hours
FIM is 88% faster than conventional injection mold prototyping. It means you can test five times as many ideas, in the same time period.
Imagine if creativity was your only constraint. Suppose you could build your tools out of building blocks the size of white blood cells.
With Freeform Injection Molding, complexity is not a problem and does not add cost. You can injection mold previously impossible geometries.
Freeform Injection Molding eliminates demolding and ejection obstacles. The impossible is made possible by our soluble 3D-printed molds, meaning no need for drafts, split-lines, sliders, collapsible cores, or other complications.
We power the development of injection molded parts with unseen features that require tooling that disappears. If your goal is to develop truly innovative products, you need the most innovative toolkit.