Foam Part Manufacturing with 3D Printed Tooling

Additive manufacturing has completely changed the way thermoformers – and OEMs – view tooling, in terms of production time, cost and quality. When compared to traditional metal tooling, Catalysis can 3D print tooling in half the time for half the cost while maintaining the same level of quality. Not only that, but 3D printing allows for the design of more complex tooling or low-to-medium volume production parts, removing constraints inhibited by traditional tooling design.

Benefits Of Catalysis 3D Printed Foam Part Tooling

Our 3D printed foam part manufacturing has a glossy tool surface finish, 85D scale hardness, strength required for 10-15 psi of foaming process, has a fully isotropic print structure and there is no delamination of the tool, meaning the tool will not separate (plastic tools will eventually separate).

  • Catalysis proprietary coating does not react with foam part material
  • Tooling has capability to produce 1000’s of parts
  • Thermally conditioned with copper lines
  • Capability of withstand high loads of force

Seat Foam Tooling Applications

Our seat foam tooling applications can be used for any seating foam needs. This includes, but not limited to:

  • Airplane seating
  • Automotive seating
  • Motorcycle seating

Manufactured in half the time & half the cost of traditional metal tooling

Our technology has allowed us to truly be a One-Stop-Shop for all of your tooling needs

Compared to Conventional Tooling Methods

Metal Foam Part Manufacturing Tool

  • Automotive seat bottom cushion
  • Machined solid billet aluminum
  • $25,000 tool cost
  • 6-8 week manufacturing time