Rapid Tooling

Rapid tooling of both aluminium and steel moulds gives you the opportunity to simplify mould structures to achieve a lower cost and shorter lead time.

Rapid Tooling Service

At Start Prototyping, we offer many different rapid tooling technologies to serve your injection molding needs. We create prototypes through both bridge tooling and short run production tooling.

We often produce your tooling in-house using our extensive manufacturing capabilities. Otherwise we access our database of reliable rapid tooling providers.

Start Prototyping provides injection molding rapid tooling for both high-volume and low-quantity parts production. Lead times range from 10 days to 6 weeks. We are even capable of supplying injection-molded parts and rapid tooling simultaneously.

Rapid Tooling

What is rapid tooling?

Rapid Tooling is a way to simplify the mould structure for low cost & short lead-time. It’s commonly used in the field of rapid injection moulding, based on the low-volume requirement. Nice Rapid manufactures its own rapid tooling in 7075 aluminum (moulds can be textured) and pre-hardened P20 tool steel, to make the cavity, core and ejector plates. They are then fitted into a Master Unit Die(MUD based system) with standard tooling components, in order to produce injection moulded parts.

Advantages of Rapid Tooling

  • Rapid tooling time is much shorter than for a conventional tool.
  • Rapid tooling cost is much less than for a conventional tool.

Challenges of Rapid Tooling

  • Tool life is less than conventional production tools.
  • Tolerances are wider than conventional tools.

Benefits of Rapid Injection Moulding

  • Prototypes produced in production material in shorter timeframes.
  • Allows for full fit and function testing.
  • Discovery of any design flaws early on, low cost tooling allows for easy geometry modification and refinement of design.

Bridge to Production Process

  • Prototype tooling in 5 to 28 calendar┬ádays.
  • Rapid aluminium tooling for volumes up to 5000+ shots.
  • P20 prototype tooling for volumes up to 50,000+ shots.
  • NAK80 or S136 prototype tooling for volumes up to 100,000+ shots.

Start Your Project Today

When you send us your 3D CAD files, our technicians will evaluate your requirements and advise the best combination of services to meet your expectations.

Parts 3D Printed

10,000,000+

3D printing technologies

10+

Professional materials

50+

Parts 3D Printed

10,000,000+

3D printing technologies

10+

Professional materials

50+