3D in foundry mold production

Injection molding tool for LEGO bricks
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Arne Hückelheim

In foundries, 3D scanners are used, for example, in the production of components and injection molds. Here, tooling managers in particular benefit from reliable 3D scanners.

As an example: You need a convincing scanner for metal molds, among other things, for the production of injection molds. An exact mold not only increases the quality but also the uniformity of the tools. Another benefit of a perfectly matched mold is more efficient production, saving you production time and costs at the same time.

But what should you look for in a 3D scan for foundry molds?

In general: For objects with a tolerance of more than 0.3 mm, you need a 3D scanner with an accuracy of about 0.1 mm. With less accuracy, imprecise 3D models lead to errors in production and cause delays.

In addition to your required accuracy, keep in mind that scanning with the most popular 3D scanners on the market is tedious and expensive. Stationary scanners further complicate your ability to scan hard-to-reach areas. Generally, with most common scanners, pre-treatment of reflective shapes with chalk spray or sticking markers is especially troublesome. Your time expenditure increases further if you touch up the errors in the software or draw the model directly in CAD.

Scanning technology optimized for metal - your solution

Shiny metal bars standing side by side

What is this new technology? Turn any shape into a full 3D model with the Polarox technology - the successful combination of photogrammetry, time-of-flight technology and polarization. Scan both matte and shiny metal surfaces with the technology without pretreatment. The 3D scanner achieves a high-precision resolution and accuracymatching objects from a tolerance of 0.3 mm.

But what good is scanning metal surfaces if the limited mobility of stationary 3D scanners presents you with another challenge? Polarox technology is built into the portable Scoobe3D which you can operate with ease even at narrow nooks. Its handy smartphone format and integrated battery allow you to scan objects even when space is limited.

In addition to scanning in space constraints, mobility helps with heavy scan objects. Bring the 3D scanner directly to your tool without disassembling, reassembling and transporting - saving up to four hours of time.

In addition to mobility, the user-friendly design of the Scoobe3D makes scanning easy. You already know the Android user interface from your smartphone. The pre-installed scan app provides step-by-step instructions that guide you through the scanning process. With the Scoobe3D WebApp you download the created model to any device with an Internet connection.

After you have imported the model of the injection molding tool into CAD, it is available for immediate use. In addition to the convenient scanning process, the Scoobe3D offers you an exact and complete 3D model. complete 3D model of the injection mold. You will receive this after a 15-minute scan and the additional calculation time, which depends on the type of scan. The less screen space your mold takes up during the scan - no matter how big it is in reality - the faster the calculation.

Sustainably increase the quality of your tools

Someone looks at scanned 3D models on his Scoobe3D

For you, that means mastering the surface challenge of mold making in particular with the powerful Scoobe3D. The resulting 3D mold from the scan and subsequent 3D printing is precise and uniform - even if the scan object is reflective. Because of the complete model, each 3D casting mold is identical 1 to 1. Thus you sustainably increase the quality of the injection molds.

You also save time and money by using the mobile Scoobe3D. Your efficient production will go up a notch with the help of the fast 3D scan. Get more information in the data sheet of the Scoobe3D and download it directly here.

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