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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience on our website. For more details including how to change your cookie settings, please read our Cookie Policy. With great tooling comes a great product. Tooling, which is a mold, tool, jig, pattern or part used to make different things, is important in manufacturing as its quality also dictates the quality of the end product. Sourcing the right tooling is easy even for a new buyer if he or she knows what to check or consider before buying in bulk. Here’s a quick guide, three key things importers should keep in mind, when purchasing the most common tooling, such as molds and parts: • Smaller size not a good compromise for price – Price is almost always a factor in choosing tooling and any other product. As many tooling like molds and parts are custom-made, price will depend on specifications. Some buyers tend to cut costs by making the mold or part smaller but this is not advisable, as some mold specialists such as Aco Mold say. A smaller mold base size has lesser mold strength and stability versus standard or bigger ones. • Materials equals performance – In sourcing tooling, importers usually encounter a broad range o...

Carbon pushes new 3D printing technology like using multiple materials

Carbon raised $260 million that should help it advance toward the ability to 3D print products made of multiple materials. Carbon already sells 3D printers used to make unusual the materials inside Riddell’s custom-size professional-league football helmets and Adidas running shoes. Now, a new $260 million funding round should help the Silicon Valley startup create even more unusual materials.  Also called additive manufacturing, 3D printing got an early foothold as a way to design prototypes. Since then, it’s also  crept into production lines for finished products. The unusual shapes of 3D-printed elements let companies build plastic components that are lighter than metal alternatives but couldn’t be made with conventional injection molding methods, for example. The result is a potentially dramatic change to what’s possible in manufacturing — more flexibility, more advanced designs, custom-tuned material properties and components that are built in one pass instead of assembled from a collection of parts. People on a Mars mission could build replacement parts as needed instead of carrying an inventory of everything. Oh, and yeah, people can 3D print ...