Research & Development:
3D Printed Tooling
Create Custom Pulp Moulds Using 3D Printing
3D printing may provide a more effective alternative to traditional pulp paper moulding practices.
Using advanced 3D printing practices, our team is investigating the potential to cut lead times by up to 80%, keep costs down and produce higher quality moulds.
Our team is working closely with the University of Western Australia to discover better ways to create paper pulp moulds for your packaging needs.
Possible Benefits of 3D Printed Moulds:
Cut lead times by up to 80%
Reduce moulding creation costs
Create precise, quality moulds for your goods
Make sustainable packaging or products
Traditionally, moulded pulp paper packaging tools are made using metal machining practices. These metal tools are designed to be a mirror image of the finished goods, as well as having holes drilled and an attached screen to avoid the pulp from clogging.
Design and manufacturing of these parts can typically cost upwards of $30,000, with some projects costing in the hundreds of thousands depending on the size, number and complexity of the moulds. These traditional moulds can take months to complete and cannot be altered if changes need to be made.
3D printing, however, can provide an alternative method for producing the required moulds. Using the latest technologies, our team is testing the ability to dramatically reduce costs, improve lead time and improve the appearance of your paper pulp product.
3D printing creates moulds layer by layer with extreme precision. These moulds can be significantly cheaper than traditional methods and do not require the manual forming of screens. Additionally, as technology advances, moulds can be created with further reduced lead times and greater design flexibility.
For more information on how we can help you design your pulp packaging solutions, contact us today.