WEBINAR: Low-Volume Rapid Injection Molding with 3D Printed Molds

Published on September 20, 2021 by Madeleine P.

Injection molding is a manufacturing process that allows for the design of large volumes of parts. The majority of plastic components that exist today are made using this technique. However, the production of a mold – most often metal – is expensive and time-consuming. This is where 3D printing comes in: instead of designing a metal mold, it can be printed in 3D, either via FDM, laser sintering or stereolithography. The costs are reduced as well as the delays, additionally using 3D printing it could be possible to create a more complex mold with for example internal cooling channels.

On September 23rd at 4PM CEST (10AM EDT), join Formlabs Applications Engineer, Juliette Combe and 3Dnatives as we discuss how 3D printing enables in-demand mold fabrication to generate hundreds of parts, from idea to production, in a matter of days. The webinar will cover topics related to plastic injection molding and additive manufacturing. Including, but not limited to, what materials are compatible, what is the life span of a 3D printed mold, what is the cost difference between a metal mold and a printed mold, etc. These will then be illustrated through concrete application cases, while also showing the different steps involved in creating a 3D printed mold. It will be the perfect opportunity to get started with 3D printing of plastic molds for short-run production and thus accelerate your product development, boost your innovation and reduce your costs.

We are excited to welcome Formlabs, a leading company offering professional 3D printers of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers and decision makers around the world. The Massachusetts-based manufacturer has developed a wide range of SLA machines as well as an SLS solution, the Fuse 1. It also offers its own suite of high-performance materials and software. Watch the replay below!


Juliette Combe is an application engineer at Formlabs, conducting research on 3D printing workflows for engineering and manufacturing. Her scope of work includes collaborations with customers, in-house testing, and knowledge transfer through the creation of technical content and training. Previously, she worked in the Open Innovation group at GE Power. She has a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich and carried out research on nano-3D printing at UC Berkeley.


Madeleine Prior is the English Content Specialist for 3Dnatives, the leading international online magazine on 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing. As part of the team, Madeleine is in charge of defining the content 3Dnatives covers for its english-speaking audience, bringing the latest news about the additive manufacturing sector and its implications to readers.

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