How to 3D Print Molds and Patterns for Composite Part Manufacturing

November 18

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Creating composite molds from foam, plastic, or metal with traditional processes like machining or manual fabrication is time-consuming to do in-house and expensive to outsource. Today, more and more engineers are turning to precise, low-cost 3D printers to increase geometric freedom, cut lead times, and save significant costs in the composite production process.

In this live webinar, we’ll look at how Panoz Racing is using 3D printing to produce composite parts for their custom race cars. Listen to Kevin Gautier, applications engineer at Formlabs, walk through the Panoz case study and two step-by-step workflows for using 3D printing in composite manufacturing.

Primary Topics:

  • How to produce 3D printed patterns for moldmaking in composite manufacturing
  • How 3D printing can produce directly printed molds for low volume and high complexity
  • Specific design considerations Panoz Racing makes when directly 3D printing molds

Kevin Gautier
Channel Applications Engineer, Formlabs
Kevin Gautier has worked with motorsport composite parts since 2003, and in the CAD and 3D printing industries since 2012. Starting at Hans Performance Products, he has since gone on to make composite race car body work and intake manifolds, and now works at Formlabs as an applications engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Operations from Southern Polytechnic State University.