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Questions tagged [molds]

Use this tag for questions about the process of making a hollowed-out product for the production of other products by filling that void with a pliable material or a liquid that sets in time.

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How thin a void/mould can a resin printer reliably produce?

I am trying to print a very thin casting mould. Once printed, I then pour an epoxy resin mix into the printed void. After curing the resin and demoulding, the final product is a mesh/web-like set of ...
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Convert STEP file to mold file

I need to turn a prototype into a mold. Conventional metal molds are too expensive. I have the STEP files of the prototype. Is there anyone here that does that?
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How to create a 3D model as mold for a 4-legged animal with parallel legs

I am new to 3D printing, and new to mold design. I played around with a model from Windows Paint 3D library: And I realized that it would not be easy to 3D print a mold out of this. First of all I ...
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Accidentally printed a chocolate mold instead of the object itself

This is my first time printing 3D of any kind. I'm not 100% sure what happened. The quality of some of these first printouts has ranged between 'not great' and 'unrecognizabe glop'. I'm testing with ...
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Use SLA 3D printing to make a flexible mold

I have seen some videos like this one, that uses 3D printing to make a piece that will be used to make a silicone mold that will then be used to make the final object made of some resin. Isn't ...
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Efficient way to create a "mold" of a solid object in Meshmixer?

Currently I have a model of a fingertip finished in my project, however, I would like to create some sort of "cap" that if printed would fit on top of that finger. Is there a good way to achieve this ...
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Making Polyurethane molds with PLA (or ABS) 3D printed master

I want to make Polyurethane molds for concrete using 3D printed PLA or ABS master object. like this video: (this video is not about concrete of course!) I'm not sure ...
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Can mold release agent be used in 3D printing?

Do we need mold release agent in 3D printing mold? If it is not used, what effect will it have on the product?
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Chalk objects: 3D Printed or Molds?

I am thinking about making something from chalk. But can chalk be printed into shapes directly or is it better to shape it with printed molds? What kind of material would be suitable for a mold for ...
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Can commodity 3D printer extrusion hardware and filament be used for injection molding?

Assuming you have a suitable oven to maintain temperature at the filament melting point and a suitable mold that can handle the temperature, is a commodity 3D printer hotend and extruder, with large ...
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Raw material for 3D printed injection mold

If I have to make an injection mold (for resin based raw material) using 3D printing, what raw material should I choose – PLA, ABS, HIPS etc.
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Making a plunger

Help, I know how to print simple cookie cutter style molds, but I need to know how to turn that open shape into a closed smaller version that can be used as a plunger. Reason being, is I make bath ...
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Uses for PLA scraps

I recently got a 3D printer and have been experimenting with it a lot, resulting in a lot of failed prints (as well as successes, fortunately). I'd like to, if possible, find a way to reuse the ...
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3D printed mold techniques for long and short term usage

3D printing can be used to make injection molds of unimaginable complexity but which kind of 3D printing process is suitable when? Suppose that a part is to be made using injection molding in large ...
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