Presentation on theme: "THERMOFORMING: ADVANCED TOOLING OPTIONS"— Presentation transcript:
1 THERMOFORMING: ADVANCED TOOLING OPTIONS Michael MabieSenior Applications EngineerStratasys, Inc.
2 Thermoforming Simple, inexpensive process Wide range of industries w Aerospace w Electronicsw Packaging MedicalBroad application rangeLow-volume and high-volumeSmall and large partsPhoto: Courtesy of NASA
8 Applying Fortus Key items Benefits Additive process Materials Build controlsBenefitsSimple 5 step processMaterials for speed/tool lifeProcess controls
9 Application Brief 50% 86% 29% 75% Consumer packaging CURRENT FORTUS SAVINGSLead Time3 days1.5 days50%Labor Time14 hours2 hours86%Total Cost$700$50029%Story:Machined tooling: prototype only so easy to machine material. But 1 man-day to drill vent holes (1 – 2 thousand for the multi-cavity tool)FDM: simple in and outStress the labor savings. For some, reduction in labor is much more important that lead time (e.g. not enough people to get the job done). Also the reduction is much more impressive.labor rate $35 for Current method and $62 for FDM. Assumed more highly skilled labor for machine ops, etc.Note that the labor line (indented) represents the labor portion of the total listed in the row above.The storyTime and money not biggest value. Process change was. Could be prototyping vacuum forming tool while part still being designed. Off the critical path!Also, maybe, add another embellishment….after prototyping, vapor smooth and prick surface to come up with beautiful marketing samples. (story from our most recent vapor smoothing guided)Labor Cost$490$12575%
10 Fortus Process Design mold Process in Insight™ Select FDM material Apply larger air gapsApply sparse fill style
11 Fortus Process Manufacture mold Prep mold Mount mold Start thermoforming