Metamolds: Creating ideal 3D printed silicone molds faster and cheaper

Sep 3, 2018 | By Thomas
Silicone molding is an affordable production method that can allow you to make a series of identical objects for prototyping and functional testing. Until now, however, fabricating molds for casting complex objects required a lot of experience and also involved manual work, which made the process slow and expensive. Scientists at the Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISTI-CNR) and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) have developed a new tool for fabricating digital objects through reusable silicone molds. The tool automatically finds the best method to design the molds, and also delivers templates for so-called “metamolds”: Rigid, 3D printed molds used to fabricate the optimized silicone molds.

The metamolds (red pieces far left and right) are used to fabricate the silicone molds (greenish and white shapes in the middle). Credit: Luigi Malomo

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