3D Printing vs. Injection Molding

Thursday, August 6, 2020

3D printing is getting used more and more for batch production or as alternative for injection molding.

Our 3D printers for plastics are not only suitable for prototyping or small-scale projects. Thanks to a large capacity of machines and a tight schedule, we at Formalize can make quite a few 3D printed products in a short time.

3D Printing vs. Injection Molding

A series of parts is produced by 3D printing if the costs per product is cheaper than with a competitive technique, such as injection molding. The material cost per product is cheaper with injection molding than with 3D printing.

However, a mold is required for injection molding. As a result, the start-up costs of production with injection molding are much higher than with 3D printing. We can immediately start production after we've received your 3D model design. The mold used in injection molding wears out over time and must be replaced with a new one after producing objects.

Batch production 3D printing
Batch production 3D printing

Pricing

The price of a mold depends on the size of the product, the larger the mold the more expensive. This also applies to the 3D printing technique. Because more material is required, and it takes longer to produce the objects.

Still, the price up to an x number of pieces will be cheaper by having this produced by 3D printing. For small to medium-sized products, an average production up to 100.000 pieces is cheaper produced with 3D printing. See what your 3D model costs using 3D printing with our online configurator.

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