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igus® Ireland

51A Caswell Road


Northampton NN4 7PW

+44 1604 677240
igus® Ltd.

Caswell Road

Northampton, NN4 7PW

01604 677240

print2mold® – injection moulding with 3D printing tools

Wear parts cost as much as 80% less and are 70% faster to make than with conventional tool production

In the print2mold® service, we produce individual injection-moulded parts from our iglidur® materials. Here, we use moulds printed in 3D that are suitable for fast prototypes and small series of 100 to 30,000 pieces. This results in significant savings and a delivery time of two weeks.

1. Create 3D model and export to STEP/STP format

Prepare CAD model for injection moulding

Use CAD software or our free configurators to create the 3D model. Can't find the right file? 

2. Upload 3D model online for
price calculation

Injection-moulded special parts CAD upload

Simply drag and drop the STEP/STP file or select it from a folder. Filter according to requirements or scroll to p2m method and select material.  

3. Calculate costs and order
immediately online

Order injection-moulded small series online

The costs for the tool and parts, the delivery time and manufacturability are immediately displayed and you can complete your order directly online.

Abrasion-resistant injection-moulded parts from additively manufactured tool moulds

Injection moulding tool 3D printed from metal

More cost-effective due to improved tool system

  • Up to 80% more cost-effective than machined tools
  • Online feasibility check: undercuts and wall thicknesses
  • Calculate service life online
  • 10,000 and more parts per tool
  • More than 50 low-wear special plastics available (also for special characteristics such as conductivity, underwater use, KTW compliance, high temperature, etc.)
  • Delivery time starts at two weeks

We are happy to advise you regarding choice of material, design and manufacturing
Injection-moulded plain bearing and gear made from a 3D printed mould

Free sample components

Convince yourself of the advantages of the print2mold process and the quality of the metal tools, and order two sample parts from a 3D-printed metal injection mould free of charge:

Plain bearing made from 3D-printed injection mould
Material: iglidur G
Gear from 3D-printed injection mould
Material: iglidur X

Rapid tooling with 3D printed injection moulding tool

The fast manufacturing of injection moulding tools with 3D printing allows for fast, cost-effective production of prototypes close to volume production and small volumes made with injection moulding. This might not replace the costly manufacturing of machined injection moulding tools - but such tools are profitable only for batch sizes of more than 10,000. In addition to the cost advantage, injection moulding with additively manufactured tools is much faster - on average, six business days are enough to finish tools and parts.

Another advantage of the print2mold procedure is the fast and easy cost calculation for injection moulding in the freely available online tool. Users can see the total price and price per unit (including tool costs), but also manufacturing time for the entire project. First, the online tool automatically checks the design for print2mold procedure suitability so that any additional cost (such as for mechanical rework) can be identified immediately and included in the calculation.

When the model has been uploaded and the desired material chosen (the option of filtering according to requirements enables you to identify the perfect material), the complete configuration can be requested immediately or forwarded easily for further review. 

The igus® print2mold® process

Customer application examples

3D-printed injection moulding tool

Additive manufacturing at igus

Additive manufacturing with high-performance polymers

3D printing with wear-resistant polymers: 3D printing service, material shop and information about materials and services.

Overview 3D printing

Special and drawing parts made of plastic

You choose the design, the material and the quantity - further services for special parts, prototypes and series made of wear-resistant plastics.

Find out more about special parts


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