Rapid Tooling For Injection Molding Using 3D Printed Molds (3D Printing USA 2017)

Mr Kevin Zaras, Applications Development Manager
DSM Sonos
United States


USA 2017 Presentation - DSM Sonos*

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Presentation Summary

Testing a new design before costly tooling is created can save companies time and money. For many years, the only process available to create injection molded parts for testing and design verification was to "soft tool" using machined aluminum. The cost and typical lead times involved are often expensive and can take many weeks. With the introduction of composite materials like Somos® PerFORM, engineers can now use stereolithography's quick and accurate technology to rapidly create molds which are capable of producing real injection molded parts that can reduce cost and time in the product development cycle.

Speaker Biography (Kevin Zaras)

Kevin Zaras holds bachelor's degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry from Western Illinois University and Roosevelt University respectively. Kevin's main expertise lies within the 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing industry where he has over 12 years of experience having held positions as R&D Chemist, Product Manager, Sales Account Manager and currently is Application Development Manager for DSM Somos' line of SLA resins. In this role, he helps customers find innovative ways to adopt additive technologies into their production and manufacturing processes.

Company Profile (DSM)

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DSM is a global 3D Printing materials provider committed to helping our clients design whatever their imaginations can create. Through collaborative partnerships and groundbreaking materials innovation, we're pushing the boundaries of possibilities to deliver brighter lives for generations to come. Since the late 1980s, DSM's Somos® group has earned a global reputation for stereolithography material innovation. Prototypes made from Somos® resins closely replicate the functionality of engineered thermoplastics, but are delivered with increased speed and accuracy.
We are continually advancing the performance benefits of our extensive line of Somos® materials. You'll find a solution for just about any stereolithography application.
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