3D Tool Design & Molding

Design with Decatur

Make sure you are getting the tool design services you need to bring your vision to life by working with the professionals at Decatur Mold Tool & Engineering, Inc. Our 3D design specialists utilize state-of-the-art solid modeling design software to develop impressive, completed mold tool designs for you and your project.

By working with our team of expert injection mold and tool designers, you are able to enjoy the perfect tool design for any parts you need. After your piece has been fully designed and injection molding has been decided as the best production process moving forward, our team can help you begin the production process to ensure your volume and timeline needs add up.

Your complete satisfaction is vital to us. That is why our dedicated molding tool design team works hard to satisfy both your needs for superior designs as well as your expectation of comprehensive customer service. Working with Siemens NX, PTC CREO, Solidworks, Catia v5, and Ideas files, our specialists create detailed CAD drawings of your part with just a few basic pieces of information.

Contact us today to learn more about our mold tool design process. We look forward to designing and machining the perfect mold for your part.

Our CAD Design Services

Everything starts with a design. Without the software capabilities of our CAD design services, we wouldn’t be able to provide our clients with the results they require.

Designing parts is a complex process that involves several factors. First, we must address the mold requirements, including how the part will be used, whether it needs to fit into other pieces, and what loads it will experience. In addition to these functional and structural issues, how the part is created plays a role in its design. The way material will enter, fill, and cool within the cavity sets some of our parameters. As we develop the mold with CAD, we also consider how the part will be assembled and its function.

Our 3D CAD design services leverage advanced technology to engineer functional, virtual prototypes of three-dimensional objects. By using this software in advance of production, we can create a dynamic model and modify every detail in real-time. The freedom of 3D CAD means we can keep costs down when changes are required for the mold. We save on time, material costs, and modifications by perfecting the mold well before manufacturing. Once the design is complete and approved, it’s ready for the production floor.

Basics of Injection Mold Tool Design

Expertly designed injection molding tools should take into account variables like resin viscosity, material shrinkage, gate location, or specialty release mechanisms. Some of the more prominent considerations include:

Gate - The type, size, and location of the gate in a mold will have an impact on resin distribution, cycle time, and shrinkage.

The number of cavities - Depending on the expected volume of the production run, mold tool design specialists will design molds with as many cavities as is safe and effective to help improve production time.

Draft - Included in a design to allow for easy release of a completed part from the mold, the degree of the draft will vary by part, surface finish, and other factors.

Tool material - Injection molding tools are generally machined from hardened or pre-hardened steel, aluminum, or beryllium copper alloy, depending largely on economic factors and expected production volume - steel tools are more expensive but last longer; aluminum tools are less expensive but do not last as long.