Vacuum Forming 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.

3D Printed Tooling

  • 100% porous structure pulls a better quality part faster
  • Made from a non-conductive material so no cooling is required
  • Fully isotropic build avoids any delamination
  • Light sand blast finish (100RA) eliminates A-side witness marks
  • Highest production project ran 3,500 parts (.187″ ABS)

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 thermoforming needs

Compared to Conventional Tooling Methods

Metal Vacuum Forming Tool

  • Typically formed from solid pieces of metal
  • Process can be very time consuming
  • Expensive tooling costs

Ren / Wood Board

  • Limited production volumes
  • Tool delaminates
  • Unable to keep optimal tool temperature