With the development of Over Moulding 3D printing, taking prototyping to the next level is now possible. This innovative technology combines 3D printed parts with polyurethane resins or elastomers to form durable injection moulded parts, making production easier and faster than ever before. This method enables customers to get multiple variations of a component, in turn resulting in enhanced functionality with minimal effort.
Process of Over Moulding
- The process begins with a 3D printed part, typically made in PLA plastic, which is then placed in a mould.
- The resin or elastomer is injected into the mould, cured, and hardened to form the desired shape or structure.
- This process allows for multiple component variations, making production faster and easier than ever.
Benefits of Over Moulding
Over Moulding 3D printing allows customers to have multiple variations of a component, providing them with enhanced functionality. This allows for complex parts and components to be created quickly and easily, reducing costs and production time.
By combining 3D printed parts with polyurethane resins or elastomers, the resulting injection moulded parts produced are more durable than traditional plastic components. This results in long-lasting products with fewer defects or breakdowns.
By utilizing Over Moulding 3D printing technology, companies can get higher quality components with improved tolerances, better surface finish and superior strength compared to traditional methods.
Applications of Over Moulding
It can be used for prototyping and producing complex vehicle parts and components such as door handles, dashboard components, gear shift knobs, etc.
Manufacturers can get electronic housings and covers for different electronic components with varying shapes and sizes.
Overmolding is super important for airplane parts like landing gear, the main body (fuselage), and wings. It helps make sure these parts are really precise and safe for flying.
Overmolding is used for creating all sorts of everyday items, from sturdy phone cases to toys. The good part – it can be used for creating them in smaller amounts, which can be super cost-effective and allows for creating unique and detailed designs.
Overmolding is commonly employed in designing various medical devices, including hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, orthotic inserts, dental implants, and even specialized surgical instruments. This technology ensures these devices are not only functional but also comfortable and safe for patients
Materials that can be used for Over Moulding
There are a number of materials that can be used in over moulding 3D printing, including thermoplastics, flexible rubbers, soft plastics, metals, ceramics and even composites. Each material has its own unique properties that offer certain advantages such as improved strength, better temperature resistance or visual appeal. This versatility makes it possible to achieve very complex designs with high precision by manipulating the individual features of each material for specific end-use requirements.