Supercharge Your Manufacturing Tools With 3D Printed Rapid Tooling

Accelerate product development, iterate quickly, and bring better products to market by incorporating 3D printed rapid tooling into your development process. Rapid tooling enables you to validate your design and material choice prior to transitioning to mass production, or alternatively provides an affordable means to produce custom or limited series of end-use parts.

Rapid Tooling for Injection Molding, Thermoforming, Silicone Molding, and More

Combine 3D printed rapid tooling with traditional manufacturing processes like injection molding, vacuum forming, or silicone molding to enhance the production process by improving its flexibility, agility, scalability, and cost-efficiency. 

Fast and Cost-Effective Low Volume Production

Whether you are looking to design functional prototypes with end-use materials, fabricate parts during pilot production, or manufacture end-use parts, 3D printing rapid tooling is a cost-effective and quick way to produce parts in limited quantities.

From Design to Production Parts in 24 hours

Never again wait weeks for tooling to arrive from a service provider. Formlabs' complete, easy-to-use ecosystem can seamlessly be integrated into a range of traditional manufacturing workflows. Save time and money on low-volume projects by leveraging the benefits of 3D printed molds and patterns to quickly and affordably produce hundreds to thousands of parts in plastics and metal. 

Step 1

Design

Design your mold or pattern in CAD.

Step 2

3D Print

Choose the right resin from our expansive materials library and 3D print the part on a Formlabs SLA 3D printer.

Step 3

Manufacture

Insert the 3D printed rapid tool in your machine or use the pattern in your workflow and carry out the production process.

Step 4

Post-Process

Remove the part and post-process it if needed.

Save Money and Time

While the upfront cost of a printer setup can feel intimidating, it can pay for itself in just a couple of weeks or months when you compare it with how much you’d spend on outsourcing or an alternative production method.

MoldIn-House 3D PrintingOutsourcing
Time< 1 day1-8 weeks
Cost$1-$100$100-$15,000

Curious to see how much you can save? Try our interactive ROI tool to calculate cost per part and lead time when 3D printing on Formlabs 3D printers.

Calculate Your Time and Cost Savings

Tools to Get Started 3D Printing Rapid Tooling

Formlabs' ecosystem of accessible 3D printers and high-performance materials can be used to fabricate strong, smooth, highly detailed molds and patterns capable of producing hundreds to thousands of parts.

Tools for Rapid Tooling

  

Form 3

High-Performance SLA 3D Printer

The Form 3 produces molds and patterns with a high-quality surface finish and fine features, ensuring that the production parts come out true to design with minimal post-processing.

Use the Form 3 at various points of the product development process for a faster ROI. From 3D printing prototype parts to producing molds for short-run production of those same parts, the Formlabs ecosystem is easy to integrate into any product development process.

Form 3
Form 3 and injection molded parts
injection molding & 3d printing
3d printing ecosystem

Additional Resources About Rapid Tooling

Check out some additional resources to help you get started combining 3D printed rapid tooling with traditional manufacturing processes.

Get Started 3D Printing Injection Molds