Fabbaloo: 3D Printing for Toolmaking: What You Need to Know

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One of the biggest positives of 3D printing is that no tooling is required — but it might just be perfect for making parts including jigs, fixtures, end-use parts, and even tooling. While additive manufacturing is coming into play for end-use parts and serial production, these types of parts remain largely the purview of traditional manufacturing technologies.

High-volume manufacturing is often best served with conventional processes like injection molding that can quickly produce vast quantities of parts. Injection molding, though, like all conventional manufacturing technologies, relies heavily entirely on having a mold (a tool) in place.

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