Strategies for the fast (or rapid) conception of tools, tool inserts, dies, and molds in the sense of a methodology.
All, even nonadditive, manufacturing processes or process chains that support to make tools, tool inserts, dies, and molds faster and cheaper than it was possible with traditional tool making but for a lower production outcome. The term includes all kinds of copying or secondary rapid prototyping processes like vacuum casting.
Additive manufacturing of tools, tool inserts, dies, and molds in the sense of direct digital manufacturing.
This entry only deals with Rapid Tooling in the sense of direct digital layer-oriented fabrication as defined under bullet point 3.
Rapid Toolingsometimes is misunderstood as automated making of the entire tool. In fact, it delivers complex tool...
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