Rapid Tooling Service

Since the founding of our company, our engagement in rapid tooling has led to significant accomplishments.

Coler Supply Solutions has been dedicated for over a decade to the rapid injection molding sector. We offer expert services in rapid moulding and low-volume injection moulding.

This is significantly reducing new product launch times, cutting R&D expenses and cycles. This facilitates swift iterations and tailored production for our clients.

For advice or more information call us today on +44(0)1827 712910 or email us at sales@coler.co.uk

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Understanding Rapid Tooling Coler Supply Solutions

We have the ability to produce various types of standard rapid moulds, along with bespoke ones, through innovative and distinctive manufacturing techniques.

With over a decade of experience and a track record of successful projects, we possess the expertise to ensure the production of high-quality products swiftly and cost-effectively.

Selecting appropriate mould materials and streamlining mould structure design (whether through automated or manual methods) to match different plastic materials, product surface specifications, and product precision is well within our capabilities.

How we maintain efficiency

High-speed CNC machining is employed in the creation of rapid moulds. Ideally, the mould core should be machined in a single CNC operation, thereby minimising the need for EDM, manual milling, grinding, and surface polishing.

Utilising the latest metal 3D printers capable of directly producing mould cores for time-sensitive projects with stringent specifications.

For products with relatively modest precision demands, it is primarily employed in rapid moulding manufacturing to validate the design and moulding material of rapid moulded products.

We employ our proprietary casting method to produce the initial mold core shape, which is then precision-machined to the desired size using CNC milling. This approach significantly minimises both time and material expenses.

Why Choose Coler Supply for Rapid Tooling?

Rest assured in our more than 50 years of experience in rapid tooling technology, our skilled manufacturing management team, and our systematic management approach. Depend on our high-quality and efficient production capabilities. We excel at formulating appropriate manufacturing strategies that align with stringent product quality standards, while also optimising costs and minimising lead times.

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Rapid Turnaround

Our rapid tooling service ensures a swift turnaround. With streamlined processes and advanced technology, we can deliver your moulds in 1 - 3 days.

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10 Year Mould Keeping

Our free 10-year mould keeping service ensures the longevity and reliability of your tooling investment, providing peace of mind throughout your product's lifecycle.

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DFM & Mould Flow Analysis

DFM and Flow analysis are crucial aspects of our rapid tooling service. It ensures efficient production, and optimised material flow, enhancing product quality.

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No Material Limits

Our rapid tooling service offers unlimited material possibilities, ensuring flexibility and compatibility with diverse project requirements and industry needs.

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Economical Choice

Selecting our rapid tooling service is an economical choice, delivering cost-efficient solutions without compromising on quality or speed, ensuring your project's success.

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Multiple Processes

Our rapid tooling service offers multiple processes, versatility and precision in creating moulds and prototypes to meet diverse manufacturing needs efficiently.

Superior rapid tooling service

An experimental mould is employed for product validation and testing of injection moulding materials. The 3D printed high-temperature resistant resin mould core is suitable for relatively uncomplicated, small-sized products with minimal surface finish demands.

We utilise standard interchangeable mould bases to streamline mould processing and assembly, enabling rapid mould completion in 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on product size and complexity. Our moulds boast over 10,000 lifecycles, and we offer complimentary mould storage for 10 years.

Rapid production tooling is ideal for projects requiring large product quantities. The mould manufacturing cycle typically spans 3-5 weeks, ensuring high production efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Bridge moulds find primary application in small and medium batch rapid injection moulding production. Typically, we opt for steel as the mould base material, ensuring product dimensional accuracy and surface finish consistency over more than 100,000 cycles. The manufacturing time for bridge moulds typically spans 2-4 weeks.

Why Choose Coler Supply for Rapid Tooling?

To ensure that your manufacturing plan operates efficiently and with the flexibility required to maintain high-quality standards, it's crucial to implement strict project flow management. Here's a concise guide to achieving this:

Product DFM Analysis

Mould Design

Mould Making

Mould Trial

Sample Approved

Large Volume Production

Quality Control

Packing

Delivery

Customer Aftercare

What is Rapid Tooling?

Rapid tooling, also known as rapid prototyping tooling or rapid die tooling, is a manufacturing process that enables the quick production of tooling, molds, or dies used in various industries, including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and consumer goods. This approach plays a crucial role in expediting product development cycles and reducing time-to-market.

The primary goal of rapid tooling is to accelerate the transition from product design to actual production by creating the necessary tooling components in a shorter time frame compared to traditional tooling methods. This process is particularly valuable when designing and manufacturing new products or making design iterations and modifications.

1. Speedy Tool Production: Rapid tooling lives up to its name by significantly reducing the time required to create tooling components. Traditional tooling methods, such as CNC machining, can be time-consuming, whereas rapid tooling employs various techniques to expedite the process, such as 3D printing, rapid injection molding, or even direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).

2. Cost Efficiency: By reducing production time, rapid tooling inherently lowers costs associated with tool development. Traditional tooling methods involve substantial material waste, lengthy machining processes, and high labor costs. Rapid tooling minimizes these expenses, making it more cost-effective, especially for small to medium production runs.

3. Iterative Design and Prototyping: Rapid tooling enables manufacturers to quickly produce prototypes and iterate on designs. This agility is invaluable during the product development phase, allowing for design improvements, adjustments, and refinements without long lead times.

4. Customization and Complexity: Rapid tooling techniques can produce highly complex and customized tooling components that might be challenging or prohibitively expensive to achieve using traditional methods. This flexibility is particularly useful when creating intricate parts or molds.

5. Low-Volume Production: Rapid tooling is ideal for low to medium volume production runs. It bridges the gap between 3D printing for prototypes and traditional tooling for mass production. It offers a cost-effective solution for producing limited quantities of parts or products.

6. Materials and Processes: Rapid tooling employs a variety of materials, depending on the specific application. For instance, thermoplastics, such as ABS or polypropylene, are often used for injection molds. Metal alloys, like aluminium or steel, are utilized in cases requiring higher durability and longer tool life. The choice of material depends on factors like production volume, part complexity, and required tolerances.

7. Multiple Rapid Tooling Techniques: Several rapid tooling techniques are available, each suited to different requirements:

  • 3D Printing-based Tooling: Utilizes 3D printing technologies to create tooling components. Commonly used for prototypes and low-volume production.
  • Casting-based Tooling: Involves creating a master pattern and then using it to make a mold or die for casting materials like metal or plastic.
  • Soft Tooling: Temporary tooling made from less durable materials like silicone or epoxy, suitable for limited production runs.
  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS): A metal 3D printing technique that can produce high-quality metal tooling components.
  • Hybrid Tooling: Combines traditional and rapid tooling methods to strike a balance between cost, time, and quality.