Bridge Tooling is the vital link between prototypes and production tooling, a bridge beyween the two. It ios also called rapid tooling due to the fast tool production methods used.
Several methods are used to produce bridge tools such as:
Using rapid prototypes from SLS, PolyJet or FDM to produce mould inserts or the mould itself using high melting temperature polymers.
CNC machining of aluminum molds
Casting of urethane moulds.
Investment casting of moulds from wax patterns.
Vacuum moulding the mold cavity around a pre-
Laser sintering of molds, slides and inserts.
We can help with your bridge tooling needs to cut your productions costs and help get you to market faster.
The process involves building a rapid prototype which is then used to make an injection mold. Parts can then be manufactured in any injectable material.
A bridge tool is produces after the design has been approved but you now need 200 to 2000 parts in order to establish assembly lines or build market interest.
The main advantages for bridge tooling is the shorter tooling time than what is required for a conventional tool. A bridge or rapid tool can be done in about one-
Depending on the tool and the requirements, 3D printing can be a more cost effective manufacturing solutions.
Speak to a RedEye Australasia 3D printing technician to discuss your next project.