3D printer manufacturer Nexa3D announced a new project with Wilson Sporting Goods Acceleration Center at Rapid + TCT 2023. The collaboration will expand access to digital tooling solutions by combining the Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process and special xMOLD resin to create functional injection molds compatible with thousands of injection molding materials.
Nexa3D acquired longtime partner Addifab and its FIM process in March 2023. The patented digital tooling process uses xMOLD plastic to print injection molds that are compatible with thousands of commercially available injection molding materials. This allows developers to work with final-quality production materials.
“Because we can iterate so much quicker, our R&D team can afford to fail fast and innovate, bringing a higher level of creativity to the process,” said Glen Mason, Advanced Innovation Leader at Wilson Advanced Manufacturing. “On top of that, these tools are compatible with final production materials; the value of prototyping quickly and cost-effectively in final grade materials is a real game-changer here. We couldn’t be more excited to strengthen our working relationship with Nexa3D by expanding access to FIM within the product development and manufacturing community so they can take advantage of this revolutionary digital tooling process.”
The new capabilities offer Nexa3D’s customers the chance to evaluate and qualify the FIM digital tooling process before making investments.
“We are pleased to see the benefits of FIM realized by the R&D team at Wilson and look forward to enabling other customers looking to qualify and integrate the process into their own product design and manufacturing workflow,” said Kevin McAlea, Chief Operating Officer at Nexa3D.
Visit Nexa3D’s Digital Tooling at Rapid + TCT, Nexa3D booth 2712, from Tuesday, May 2 to Thursday, May 4, 2023.
Find out more about Nexa3D at nexa3d.com.