Benefits Of The Rapid Tooling Process
Rapid Tooling is generally used to explain a process that can use a rapid prototype model or uses the rapid prototyping process as another method. With the RP method you are creating a pattern in order to quickly make a mold. Or, the other process method uses the rapid prototyping directly in order to create a tool which is intended for a smaller amount of prototypes.
It is different than conventional tooling. With the rapid process the tooling time is a lot shorter than it is for the conventional tooling process. Generally, the time to beginning articles is lower than one fifth of the conventional tool process. With RT, the total cost is a lot lower than the CT.
The total cost can actually be lower than five per cent of the CT cost. This is a great benefit especially when overhead and material costs are so important to the bottom line and overall profitability. The overall tool life is sometimes quite a bit lower than the conventional tool.
The tolerances for RT are wider than it is for the CT. Some examples of Rapid Tooling include silicone rubber molding, composite molding and direct ACES Injection Molding, or AIM. This field of rapidly growing. As a result there are many new methods that continually change and get updated. It continues to offer more and more opportunities for enhancements as well as discovery.
Its methods replicate an injection mold to physical metal or plastic parts. The name Rapid Tooling is an extension of the term used for rapid prototyping.
It includes the creation of plaster, rubber, metal and ceramic molds. Due to advancement in technology the business practices and processes have helped to boost this process beyond the reliance on prototype models. They are now considered legitimate applications which have saved companies valuable money as well as time in their development of products.
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