Guidelines for AM Tooling Design
We have, so far, mostly been talking about using AM for direct part production. However, many industries are now starting to use AM as a way of manufacturing the tooling for conventionally injection molded, cast, extruded, or sheet-metal parts. This means that the final parts are exactly the same as those that they would have previously made with conventional tooling, and only that the tooling, itself, was produced with AM. This makes it relatively easy for engineers to accept the technology, as the produced parts are identical (or better) to the parts they are used to.